It was inevitable and looming on the horizon however with an underwhelming 14-13 loss in Buffalo and mixed with Minnesota’s win over Miami on Sunday, the Detroit Lions will miss the playoffs.
The Lions will miss the postseason for the second straight yr and accomplish that after common supervisor Bob Quinn stated the workforce had sufficient expertise to go 9-7 beneath first-year head coach Matt Patricia. As a substitute, they’ll end with seven wins at greatest and that’s assuming the Lions won’t be underwhelming towards Minnesota and Inexperienced Bay.
“It simply [stinks],” linebacker Devon Kennard stated. “You play this recreation to be within the playoffs and attempt to win all of it. To know that that is unimaginable, it simply [stinks].”
Lacking the playoffs is a well-recognized sight for Detroit followers, who will watch the Lions sit out the postseason for the 16th time in 19 seasons since 1999.
It’s an unfamiliar sight for Patricia, who nearly all the time was within the postseason as an assistant coach with New England.
The one time Patricia missed the postseason was 2008 when Tom Brady injured his knee and the Patriots nonetheless received 11 video games.
“I do not wish to lose it doesn’t matter what time of yr it’s or regardless of the state of affairs is,” Patricia stated after Sunday’s loss. “So, once more, we’re attempting to compete and we’re attempting to win each single recreation we are able to. That is actually, that is it.”
First, Patricia can overview what induced Detroit’s ninth loss in 14 video games and he’ll discover it was a multi-faceted drawback on offense, protection and particular groups in a recreation that noticed the Lions blow a 13-7 lead by three quarters by managing 117 yards and 5 first downs after halftime.
The offense fell brief on a late drive when the Lions had been behind, the protection couldn’t duplicate its domination from the 17-Three win in Arizona and allowed two first downs that stored the offense on the sideline. And the particular groups tousled an additional level and a area aim by Matt Prater, who missed a 48-yard area aim with 5:50 remaining.
Prater’s missed area aim led to the doubtful occasions of the final drive. On the final drive, Detroit allowed a 25-yard completion shortly earlier than the two-minute warning on a second-and-9, then linebacker Jarrad Davis jumped offsides on third-and-seven and couldn’t stop the Payments from clinching the sport on fourth-and-inches.
“I do not assume we completed something we had been alleged to do,” defensive deal with Damon Harrison stated. “On the finish of the day, we had a chance to offer the offense the ball again on the finish of the sport and did not do this. Every little thing that we gave up as we speak was self-inflicted.”
Okay Matt Prater missed an additional level and a 48-yard area aim with 5:50 remaining within the fourth quarter Sunday. He had made his first 25 further factors earlier than Sunday and made 15 consecutive area objectives since Week 5 towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
LB Jarrad Davis dedicated a pricey offsides penalty on third-and-seven within the remaining minutes that allowed the Payments to remain on the sphere. “Simply the cadence,” Davis stated of the play. “He did a superb job along with his cadence. Like I stated, I misplaced concentrate on the ball, appeared out and I got here again in and simply did not have a look at the ball. To lose the chance to overlook that likelihood, harm the workforce.”
LB Devon Kennard recorded his team-leading and career-high seventh sack in Sunday’s 14-13 loss at Buffalo.
RB Kerryon Johnson missed his fourth straight recreation with a knee harm.
WR Kenny Golladay completed with a career-best 146 yards.
QB Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-29 for 208 yards passing and a landing.