It is clearly a challenge to be positive about a defense that blows another lead late in a game.
In his third year, Matt Patricia’s defense is still unable to play late in consecutive games.
While the Lions lost in dramatic style as a team, DeFitt played a big role in Detroit’s first defeat this season.
Here are the grades for the Lions’ defense with the Bears after Week 1 of the team.
Defensive Line: D-
Before Jamie Collins departed, Detroit had a glimpse of defense – putting pressure on Mitchell Trubisky and causing problems for the Beers offense.
In the second half, and especially in the fourth quarter, he went all but away.
Detroit closed the Bears’ offense and the running lanes opened up like the Grand Canyon.
Danny Shelton, Nick Williams and Romeo Okwara need to step up as the season progresses.
When a veteran like Jamie Collins finds himself thrown out, there is no return from such an unexpected error.
The linebackers did not make a significant impact in this one. The talent that is available can only be seen as a major disappointment in the opener.
Needless to say that by the end of an important game, Mitchell Trubisky had Anthony Miller searching for an edge.
Who was covering Miller?
Tony McRae – yep.
Okudah, Truffant and Coleman are all hurt. With a secondary that lacked depth that was likely to start with, it was going to spoil a group anyway.
The fact that Matt Patricia coached the defense cannot stop Mitchell Trubisky and he will have to do his job, at least because of Steller Beers’ offense.
Special Team: C +
Jack Fox was impressive in his debut performance for the Lions.
New special teams coordinator Breyden Combus has some talent to work with and room for improvement.
The grade is much higher when Prater actually scored a 55-yard field goal when he was called.