The excellent news for the Lions on Sunday evening was that they marched down the sector repeatedly in opposition to the Steelers’ protection. The unhealthy information is these marches stored ending wanting the top zone.
Within the Lions’ 20-15 loss to the Steelers, they gained 482 yards of complete offense however had been restricted to simply 5 subject objectives. The Lions grew to become the primary workforce in NFL historical past to realize at the least 475 yards of offense, not have a number of turnovers, and nonetheless rating lower than 20 factors.
The Lions had been additionally simply the second workforce in NFL historical past to realize 480 yards, maintain their opponents to lower than 21 factors, and lose. They usually had been simply the third workforce in NFL historical past to realize greater than 480 yards and fail to attain a landing.
Detroit coach Jim Caldwell twice determined to go for it on fourth down contained in the Steelers’ 10-yard line, and each occasions the Lions did not convert. Eschewing two straightforward subject objectives is difficult to not second-guess once you lose by 5 factors. For many groups, the primary determination, going for it on fourth-and-goal on the 1, most likely would have been the appropriate name. However for a Lions workforce that has struggled all 12 months briefly yardage and had simply misplaced its finest run blocker, proper deal with Rick Wagner, to an damage on the earlier play, it was a baffling determination.
The Lions can at the least say they’d some firm in enjoying nicely on offense however developing brief, because the Texans additionally gained greater than 450 yards yesterday and misplaced. NFL groups gaining 450 or extra yards of complete offense are actually 15-2 this season, with Detroit’s and Houston’s losses yesterday. However the Texans’ drawback was that their protection couldn’t cease the Seahawks’ offense. The Lions’ drawback was that their very own offense stored stalling. That’s a troublesome loss to swallow.