The third preseason game saw the Detroit Lions rout the New England Patriots 40-9 on Thursday night but the offense was unimpressive despite the defense creating four turnovers. The defense returned to the ways of two years ago while creating turnovers also committing stupid penalties. They committed 11 penalties for 102 yards, which is how they played 2 years ago when they went 10-6. They created havoc which is great, however they need to be more disciplined.
In 2012 they gave away more turnovers than they created, which lead to a 4-12 record. This game proved they can turn this around, but they cannot keep shooting themselves in the foot by committing personal foul penalties.
Willie Young committed a taunting penalty after putting pressure on Tom Brady. After a fumble recovery, the defense got another personal foul. These penalties repeatedly put the Lions in bad situations. It is bad enough when the offense keeps kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns, playing on the edge is fine but stop crossing over. They have to play smarter. If a player does not listen and keeps committing stupid penalties the coaches need to get him out of there.
With this offense, the defense does not have to win the game just play smart not stupid. The more penalties they commit the chances of losing a game goes up. This town deserves a winning pro football team, and they will get it if they can stop the penalties.