Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) calls a play in the huddle against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Fans It's Ok


The Detroit Lions lost a game Sunday that they could afford to lose. These next two home games are what really matter. What really showed after yesterdays loss was just how big their win at Chicago was because it kept them in first place in the division via tiebreaker. That’s why it’s so important to win as many division games as possible. In fact, in the NFC North the Detroit Lions still have both the best road and division records. To help out the Detroit Lions this weekend, Green Bay dropped their third straight game and the Minnesota Vikings lost their eighth of the season.

Many Lions fans are still wondering how in the second quarter Detroit put up 27 points to take the lead into halftime before completely faltering in the second half. My answer is simple,that’s football. The whole point of halftime is to make adjustments that will exploit your opponent in the second half and that is what the Pittsburgh Steelers did.

Yes, Detroit gambled twice in the game on two fourth down attempts that could have been an easy six points. If you put those six points in the final score Detroit would still have been down four and needed a game winning touchdown drive led by Matthew Stafford. The cards didn’t fall in Detroit’s favor this weekend for another heroic comeback drive

Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford both had huge statistical games as well in another away stadium and that is very important still. Pittsburgh was a team that desperately needed a win for their own playoff hopes and they played like it. Next weekend, Detroit takes on the streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field and that game is very important. It will show if the Lions are able to rebound from a tough loss, especially against an opponent with two wins on the season. Two wins in a row to their credit.

Therefore, Tampa Bay won’t be overlooked, as Detroit attempts to extend their home record to four wins and one loss.  They have been putting up points since starting Mike Glennon at the quarterback position. My bet is Detroit pulls this game out.

Detroit will also hopefully have Ziggy Ansah back to apply more pressure on their rookie quarterback. The one thing the Detroit Lions can’t afford to do is look ahead to the Thanksgiving game against Green bay. It should be an entertaining game and as always go Lions!

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