Grit is good and good, but it takes more than turning a cliche sports term into a national television acronym to get the most out of professional athletes.
The Detroit Lions are a professional football team in the NFL. Working to apply any synonym for toughness to the way they play will help, but not nearly as much as a creative coach and a talented squad.
It will take more than metaphorically biting the knee to turn a franchise transfer that has been one of the NFL’s worst for most of the new millennium. The lions can make themselves as hard as they want, but without quality play, the result will still be blue like the logo on their helmet.
They are currently playing sublime, having won 5 of the last 6 matches. Their most recent win was not only against a competitor in the same class, but also as the second best performing team in the NFL. That 34-23 The score doesn’t even tell the whole story of the Detroit Lions’ victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
A double-digit win against a team that lost just two games is great, but the Lions dominated the game day even more than the final score suggested. They took the lead with less than seven minutes left in the second half and never gave up on it. Kirk Cousins overtook 425 yards as the Vikings were in scramble mode for both halftime – and there were house flies that were easier to follow than Justin Jefferson on the ballpark.
Jared Goff had an impressive passing day of his own with 330 yards and 3 touchdowns, as he praised the “questionable defense” throughout the day. He completed passes to nine different pass catchers, including the crucial pass late in the fourth quarter-and-7 in a qualifying tackle against Penei Sewell.
The Lions are currently 6-7, and not only are snooping in the knockout picture, but are still mathematically likely to win the NFC North. All this after starting the 2022 season with a score of 1-6. During that time, they lost a road game to the New England Patriots 29-0, and that was followed by a 24-6 loss at AT&T Stadium to the Dallas Cowboys.
Turning that around to win six of their last seven, the NFL’s Returning Player of the Year, may need to be a team award this time around., and given to the Lions. They have lost a number of games by a score of one in 2021, and at one point, the defeats brought Campbell to tears. Several end-of-season wins help end that season with hope, which may have been erased before Halloween this year.
Instead, the Lions proved that whoever believes after Hard typing, that they will be significantly better than they are now in 2021 will eventually be true. Despite Goff’s Week 14 performance and the defense still in dire need of a talent addition, the Lions have climbed out of the NFL’s abyss. If their defense holds up in September, it is possible that the Lions now hold one of the seven NFC playoffs, instead of needing a series of errors to qualify.
However, this should still be considered a bold victory of the Lions. They refuse to crash in their usual way of losing and are currently having a game under 0.500. Whether it’s getting those elusive touches or gnawing on their kneecaps, the Lions deserve the respect of the footballing public.