The Lions defense has been god awful this year. The DL has been the worst in football in nearly every category. We can’t get a pass rush and our LBers have been playing poorly. The only bright spot is the back 4. But I’m not convinced that our defense is to blame for a majority of our losses.
Yes the defense and offense go hand in hand. So you can’t remove all blame from a crappy defense but … bare with me a moment here.
There’s been 77 NFL games played so far this year.
50 of those 77 games the winning team scored more than 30pts. 14 losing teams scored more than 30pts. Teams that scored at least 30 points win 72% of the time.
The Lions are averaging just shy of 25 pts a game. We have to score more… period. Yes a better defense will give the offense more opportunities. A better defense will put us in better field position too. So defense is a part of it. But … I fear that even with better defensive play that it wouldn’t be enough. Stay with me here…
The Lions WR’s have the highest drop rate in the NFL.
The Lions OL is ranked below average in both run blocking (22nd) and pass blocking (26th). Only 6 teams are worse at pass blocking than the Lions are.
Stafford has struggled too. He’s been inconsistent.
It’s hard to imagine that the Lions have gotten worse in nearly every category on both offense and defense. I think we can say that ST play is maybe better?
MP plans to simplify the defense in hopes the players will play faster. But I think the offense is as much to blame for the losing as the defense is. I was expecting a lot more from this offense than we’re seeing now.
Ultimately if we can get to 30 points scored. No matter how we get there then we’re going to win nearly 3/4 of our remaining games.
What would you say is the easiest way for the Lions to do that?