Detroit Lions NFL Season Recap

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The putrid puke-pot stench of another season of misery by the Detroit Lions has mercifully ended. Just as important, the nightmare of the “Patriot Way” received mercy killing on, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving Weekend. General manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia were both fired after a 41-25 Thanksgiving Day home loss to the mediocre Houston Texans. Lions fans were quite thankful for the early Christmas present. But they continue to toss and turn over the future of the franchise. The reason for such angst is that the Ford Family remains owners, just as they have been since before the Super Bowl was created in 1966. Detroit has yet to take the field on Super Sunday. The Ford’s are the only constant in those 54 years.

Detroit Lions Season Recap

The 2020 Detroit Lions finished with a record of 5-11 straight up, 7-9 against the spread, and 10-6 over the total. Detroit was dead last in the NFC North Division. Offensively the Lions ranked 20th for total offense, 10th for passing, 30th for rushing, 20th for scoring, and 17th for turnovers. Defensively the Lions ranked dead last in the NFL overall, 30th against the pass, 28th against the rush, dead last for points allowed, and 31st for takeaways.

The Lions dropped their first two games of the season and three of their first four. Then amazingly, Detroit dug themselves out to stand at 3-3. There was talk of earning a wild card berth. The seemingly beatable Indianapolis Colts were coming to Ford Field. It was a golden opportunity to stake a wild card claim. Instead, the Lions were routed 41-21. It was the beginning of the end.

The home loss to the Colts began a string of four losses in five games. The last game of that span was the aforementioned Thanksgiving Day debacle against the Texans. Interim coach Darrell Bevell won his first game in that role 34-30 at the Chicago Bears. But the Lions being the Lions, they lost their final four games of 2020.

Quinn and Patricia arrived from New England where they were along for Bill Belichick’s ride. They boasted of doing things at Detroit the “Patriot Way.” This served to alienate proud Lions fans that wanted their team to win with its own identity. As it turned out the Lions learned what most other franchises discover when they hired The Hoodie’s hired help. “The Patriot Way” must include Belichick for it to work. Quinn and Patricia can now return to serve as the GOAT’s personal valets, just as they did before conning the Lions into hiring them.

The Fords spent the final weeks of the 2020 season feverishly searching for a new general manager. And that is exactly what worries Lions fans. The same folks making all of the important hires for over 50 years are at it again. There is nothing in the history books that says they’ll get it right this time.

Presumably, the general manager will hire the new head coach. This is why this decision may be the most important in the history of the Lions franchise.

Whoever takes over the Lions will have to decide on quarterback Matt Stafford. Stafford was the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. His career has gone to waste at Detroit.

Stafford has one Pro Bowl appearance in his career. This season in 16 games he posted a 96.3 QB rating with 26 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. His 4084 yards passing with the first time since 2017 that he surpassed the 4k milestone.

Running back Adrian Peterson, age 35, was the seventh player taken in the 2007 NFL Draft. He rushed for 604 yards and 3.9 yards per rush with 7 touchdowns in 2020. Peterson has already stated he doesn’t want to stay in Detroit for a long rebuild.

Detroit and Stafford lacked a game-breaking receiver in 2020. Marvin Jones had a team-best 76 catches for 978 yards, 12.9 yards per catch, and 9 touchdowns.

Defensive end Romeo Okwara led the Lions with 10 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. His younger brother Julian is also a defensive end for the Lions.

Place Kicker Matt Prater was not among the most reliable in the NFL for 2020. He made 21 of 28 field-goal attempts. Long-range attempts proved challenging for Prater.

Detroit Lions Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs Chicago Bears L 23-27 0-1
Week 2 at Green Bay Packers L 21-42 0-2
Week 3 at Arizona Cardinals W 26-23 1-2
Week 4 vs New Orleans Saints L 29-35 1-3
Week 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 34-16 2-3
Week 7 at Atlanta Falcons W 23-22 3-3
Week 8 vs Indianapolis Colts L 21-41 3-4
Week 9 at Minnesota Vikings L 20-34 3-5
Week 10 vs Washington W 30-27 4-5
Week 11 at Carolina Panthers L 0-20 4-6
Week 12 vs Houston Texans L 25-41 4-7
Week 13 at Chicago Bears W 34-30 5-7
Week 14 vs Green Bay Packers L 24-31 5-8
Week 15 at Tennessee Titans L 25-46 5-9
Week 16 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 7-47 5-10
Week 17 vs Minnesota Vikings W 37-35 6-10
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Lions Past Seasons (2000)

2020 6-10 None
2019 3-12-1 None
2018 6-10 None
2017 9-7 None
2016 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2015 7-9 None
2014 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2013 7-9 None
2012 4-12 None
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 2-14 None
2008 0-16 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 3-13 None
2005 5-11 None
2004 6-10 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 3-13 None
2001 2-14 None
2000 9-7 None

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