Detroit Lions: Predicting when ‘doomsday’ will take place

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The Detroit Lions are starring down the barrel of an 0-4 start to the 2020 season, which will undoubtedly trigger doomsday for the organization.

After blowing a three-score lead in week one at home against the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions followed up with an embarrassing 42-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in week two.  After starting 0-2 on the season, and in the NFC North division, the teams’ playoff hopes are already beginning to slip away.

Many of us feel that the Detroit Lions are a better football team than both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, placing them second in the North this season.  We’ve yet to see how this team will match up with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook in 2020, but it will be difficult to chalk up a victory after watching the first two weeks of the season.

Not only did I feel Detroit could sweep both Minnesota and Chicago, I thought this team had the potential to get a split with Green Bay, giving themselves a chance in the North.  At this point, I’m not sure this team will win more than two divisional games.

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The Detroit Lions started their season without their biggest playmaker on offense.  The hope is star receiver Kenny Golladay will return Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and provide this offense with a much-needed downfield threat.

Detroit’s second-best receiver, Marvin Jones, has struggled mightily without the likes of Golladay drawing the over-the-top coverage allowing the talented Jones to do damage during his one-on-one situations.

Through the first two games of the season, Jones has made eight catches totaling a mere 78 yards and a touchdown.  That is a telltale sign, Jones is a top-notch number two NFL receiver but would struggle to be a team’s top target.

Patricia had been known to be a defensive-guru as a coordinator but has struggled to create an identity as a head coach.  Like the entire year last season, the Detroit Lions have yielded a plethora of yards against over the first two games of the 2020 season.  In week one, the Lions allowed 363 total yards to Mitchell Trubisky, and then 488 yards in week two to Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones.

Without Golladay, the Lions offense has become average, mixed with an atrocious defense equals a long, terrible season.  Detroit currently ranks 21st in the league averaging 22 points per game and 30th in the league allowing nearly 35 points per game.

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The Lions have the Cardinals on the docket this week, followed by the New Orleans Saints in week four.  If Detroit drops both of those games before heading into their week five bye, general manager Bob Quinn may opt to fire his friend Matt Patricia in a last ditched effort to save his job as the year treks on.  These next two weeks are vital for the organization.