We want so badly to be fair to the Lions.
Guess that’s why we often search far and wide for silver linings in the ever-present clouds which hang above the least-successful professional sports franchise for 60-plus years.
The latest is the phenomenal performance of Detroit’s punt block team. The Lions blocked two Vikings’ punts Sunday.
Including the previous week vs. the Colts, the Lions have blocked three blocks the past two games, which is amazing in this NFL era.
Then again, only the Lions pull off such a feat - and still get routed by average scores of 38-21.
It is the first time the Lions have blocked three punts in a season since their first year at the Silverdome in 1975.
However, this is not the first time since the Lions are 3-5 at the halfway point, though.
Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook ran up and down the field at will against the Lions’ hopelessly overmatched front seven. He had 206 yards rushing, and combined with backup Alexander Mattison to average 8.1 yards per carry.
Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has mostly been a turnover about to happen in ’20, had three touchdown passes, no interceptions and a hefty 141.7 QB rating.
It’s bad enough the Lions’ defense is such a spaghetti strainer, but it’s compounded by QB Matthew Stafford’s habit of leaving apparent points off the board.
He had two red-zone interceptions during the third quarter before removed because of a concussion in the fourth.
In each of the Lions’ losses this season, Stafford has had glaring mistakes such interceptions, fumbles or unnecessary sacks which cost potential double digits in points.
Throw in a missed field goal attempt by increasingly unreliable kicker Matt Prater, and you get the picture of exactly why the Lions are a foundering entity.
This is the 2018 version of Matthew Stafford. He has regressed again after showing initial promise under a new offensive coordinator, this time Darrell Bevell.
Unlike badly overmatched head coach Matt Patricia and obviously perplexed general manager Bob Quinn, who have virtually no support left in this town other than perhaps clueless ownership, Stafford still has an army of supporters in the fan base and media who refuse to see the light.
He didn’t have Kenny Golladay Sunday.
His offensive line is terrible. He’s never had a running game. All his coaches have been bad. He’s the best Lions’ QB in our lifetime.
It’s time for the Lions’ to go into total rebuilding mode, and that includes moving on from No.9. It’d be best for Stafford, too.
But if there was a sports thesaurus, the Lions would be the antonym for logic.
Even really good things, you know, like blocking punts, somehow only points to their overall ineptitude.