It’s “Big Game” Sunday and Tom Brady hoists up the Vince Lombardi trophy. His 6th of his career. As sure as you can be about the New England Patriots being in or winning the Super Bowl, the same can be said about the Detroit Lions having another disappointing season.
The trade of beloved WR, Golden Tate signaled the Lions throwing in the towel for the 2018 season. Matthew Stafford, who earns a whopping $27 million dollars annually, struggling and a rookie coach showing up late to team meetings certainly added fuel to the fire. Detroit Lions ended their season at 6-10, that culminated in parting ways with OC Jim Bob Cooter.
While most fans agree that a rebuild is inevitable, tanking has never been in the cards for the Lions. Ask a roster that’s out there earning a living playing this dangerous game if they want to be the laughing stock of the NFL and tank. Ask a 10-year vet like Glover Quin if he wants to tank. Ask 2-time Pro Bowler, Darius Slay if he wants to tank. It’s a hard no.
Towards the end of the season, the Lions put up a valiant effort, post-Tate trade against eventual division winners, Chicago Bears in Week 12, losing, 23-16 (Recap). Another great effort against NFC Champions, Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, losing 30-16 (Recap).
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 9, 2018
Detroit’s MVP of the season, provided another BIG PLAY in an otherwise, lackluster game. Darius Slay came up with the 3rd quarter, pick-6 for his first career touchdown in the Lions road win over Arizona, 17-3 in Week 14 (Recap). Josh Allen stopped the Lions momentum in Week 15 (Recap) with a 42-yard touchdown to Robert Foster in the 4th quarter over Detroit, 14-13. Followed up by a debilitating 27-9, home loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 (Recap).
The Lions ended the 2018 season with a hollow 31-0 win (Recap) at Lambeau against the Green Bay Packers. Some took pride that it was against the Packers, but in the end, the rout meant absolutely nothing. Both Detroit and Green Bay were going home.
Detroit’s bright spots: Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard became the first set of Lions LB to record 6+ sacks on the season. TJ Jones had 2 touchdowns in the win.
Oh, and there was this:
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 30, 2018
While the season wasn’t ideal, we continue to see growth in Pro Bowler, Darius Slay. Don Muhlbach also joined Slay in Orlando.
.@_bigplayslay23 + mic’d up = 😂
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 29, 2019
Detroit has the 8th pick in the NFL Draft and several roster spots to fill. Here’s to the fast approaching 2019 season. Go Lions!
UPDATE: Detroit cut ties with one of it’s most beloved players in Glover Quin. On behalf of My Detroit Sports and Detroit sports fans everywhere, we say, “Thank you, Glover”.
Faith. Family. Football.
Under the helmet with Glover Quin pic.twitter.com/Hh8k98wqup
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 31, 2018