My Detroit Sports: My Lions Report #1

After a dismal preseason, the Lions going 1-4, the outlook for the 2018 season looked uncertain. The Jets had questions of their own, with a rookie quarterback leading the helm.

Monday Night Football, the stars were certainly out with Eminem serving as the honorary captain. Barry Sanders, Twitch streamer, Ninja and former ESPN analyst, Jemele Hill were also, among those in attendance. Detroit did not disappoint, early on, Quandre Diggs picking off Sam Darnold to run 37 yards to put the Lions up, 7-0.

The Jets would respond with a touchdown of their own, from Isaiah Crowell, tying the game at 7-7 to end the 1st quarter. Jets would add a field goal and another TD, Darnold connecting with Robby Anderson to put the Jets up, 17-7. Matt Prater would be the Lions lone offense, kicking a 21-yard field goal to conclude the half. Building off Prater, the Lions opted to have the ball in the 2nd half, winning the coin toss. The momentum would continue in Detroit’s favor when, quarterback, Matthew Stafford found Golden Tate for the 24-yard TD to tie the game, 17-17.

Detroit would not score again, getting ransacked to a 48-17, loss to start the season.

WEEK 1: Recap

On the road at Levi’s Stadium, the Lions faced the San Francisco 49ers. Week 2 provided to be too little too late, producing the same result.

Kenny Golladay and Matt Prater provided the offense in the early in the contest. Golladay with a 30-yard touchdown from Matthew Stafford in the first and Prater with the extra point and an additional field goal. The Lions were down 13-10 to close out the half.

Jimmy Garroppolo would put the Niners up even more, early in the third with a 11-yard pass to Garrett Celek. Prater would respond with another field goal, but Detroit couldn’t stop the bleeding, as Matt Brieda rushed 66 yards to the end zone. Enter the 4th quarter. Quarterback, Matthew Stafford turned it up a notch, as he’s done his entire career, finding Marvin Jones for the TD to cut the lead to 10.  Stafford threw another 15-yard pass to Michael Roberts, to put the Lions within 3, but the run would stop there as Detroit fell to 0-2 on the season.

WEEK 2: Recap

In Week 3, Detroit got the spotlight again in Sunday Night Football at Ford Field against one of football’s greatest dynasties, the New England Patriots. New England suffered the 31-20 loss to Jacksonville the week prior, but unfortunately for the Lions, the Patriots still have Tom Brady. The Michigan alum, had never lost against the Lions in his career, so Detroit would have to pull out all of the stops to defeat New England.

The Lions jumped out to an early lead against the Patriots. 2 field goals from Matt Prater and touchdown from Kenny Golladay came before the half, putting Detroit up 13-0. Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson came away with a huge stop, late in the 2nd quarter, holding New England to 3.

Tom Brady made things interesting, connecting with James White for the 10-yard touchdown, putting New England within a field goal to tie. Matthew Stafford would counter with a 33-yard TD of his own to Marvin Jones.

Prater added a pair of 30-yard field goals in the 4th to add to the lead. The Lions defense made sure the Patriots would not score again. A huge sack by Eli Harold and a Darius Slay interception in the 4th would seal the deal, as Detroit came away with the upset, 26-10, win over New England. Their first of the season and first win for new head coach, former New England defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia.

The story here, was rookie running back, Kerryon Johnson, the ‘Player of the Game’ ran for 16 carries and 101 yards. The Lions first 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2013.

WEEK 3: Recap

Fresh off their huge win against New England, Lions star wide receiver, Golden Tate, his wife Elise Tate and the Golden Future Foundation gave back to military veterans for the 4th annual, “Stars & Strikes” event held at Lucky Strike in Novi.

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In Week 4, the Lions traveled to Arlington to take on the Cowboys. Despite TJ Lang being taken out early with a concussion, Detroit was off to a good start when Matthew Stafford connected with Golden Tate for the 45-yard touchdown to put the Lions up 7-3 in the 1st quarter.

It would be all Cowboys from there, as quarterback, Dak Prescott added two touchdowns of his own, to Ezekiel Elliot (38 yards) and Geoff Swiam (1 yard). Dallas carried the 20-10 lead into the 4th quarter.

Fan favorite, rookie Kerryon Johnson would open the 4th with his first career touchdown. Golden Tate would make things interesting with a touchdown of his own, 37-yarder from Stafford to give the Lions the 24-23 lead.

However, it was too little, too late, as the Cowboys were able to get within field goal range for the Brett Maher 38-yard field goal, as time expired.

WEEK 4: Recap

As the calendar turned to October, the Lions returned home to face division-rivals, Green Bay Packers in a rather, “bizarre” game to say the least.

Green Bay won the coin toss, opting to defer the ball to Detroit. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the drive forcing the punt, however a Green Bay receiver deflected the ball and Jamal Agnew was able to recover at the 1 yard line, giving the ball back to Detroit. LeGarrette Blount was rush it in, giving the Lions the early lead.

And because it was so nice the first time (and first as a Lion), Blount did it again before the end of the 1st quarter.

The Lions defense put the pressure on the Packers when Romeo Okwara came away with a sack and fumble on Aaron Rodgers. Devon Kennard with the recovery.

Okwara caused another Rodgers incompletion near the end zone, forcing the Packers to attempt the field goal. Mason Crosby would miss his third field goal of the day, holding the Lions lead, 17-0. The next Packers possession would be short-lived as DeShawn Hand came away with another Aaron Rodgers fumble, leading to a Stafford-to-Jones touchdown to end the half. But the Packers would not go down quietly, as Rodgers owned the 2nd half. Connecting with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for the 3-yarder, 2-point conversion to Jamaal Williams, followed by a Lance Hendricks touchdown, bringing the Packers within 10.

Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay would seal the win with a 5-yard touchdown in the 4th, giving the Lions the 31-23 win, heading into a much needed bye week. Mason Crosby went 1 for 5 in field goal attempts for Green Bay.

WEEK 5: Recap

We will be continuing to look for the best Lions fans in Detroit and on the road on Instagram, so keep representing the D and you could win this autographed photo of Golden Tate!

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