Brock Osweiler has struggled to live up to his new contract but against the Lions, he found plenty of success throwing to his tight ends. Of course, that’s no surprise given Detroit’s abysmal track record of covering anybody in the middle of the field. Osweiler had another inconsistent day throwing for one touchdown and a crucial interception. He was only 20-29 for 186 yards but made enough plays to keep the Texan’s undefeated home record intact while ending the Lions three-game winning streak.
Matthew Stafford continued his excellent play but couldn’t overcome numerous mistakes and an embarrassing effort by the defense. Stafford avoided turning the ball over for the fourth straight game but could only find the end zone once while throwing for 240 yards on 27-41 passing.
Outside of Stafford, Theo Riddick was the main offensive contributor for a Lions team that struggled to consistently move the ball. Drops and numerous other mistakes again hindered Detroit’s efforts to put points on the board but Riddick racked up 133 yards combined rushing/receiving while catching the Lions only touchdown of the game.
It was only a matter of time before clueless Jim Caldwell reared his ugly head in a Lions loss. In the third quarter, DeAndre Hopkins had a catch and fumble that was ruled incomplete on the field. Despite a clear Lions recovery, Caldwell doesn’t challenge the play resulting in a huge swing and instead of the Lions having the ball with great field position, the Texans retained possession and would kick a field goal on the drive.
That call may be debatable but trying an onside kick, down by a score with almost three minutes and all three timeouts remaining is indefensible. Thank you for not coaching.
The Game Turned When
Caldwell remembered he had the Texans in a parlay. Hey, we can’t let that slip away right? Let’s roll with the onside kick we won’t recover so the already porous defense has zero room for error. If they had managed the stop, Houston would’ve just kicked the field goal to end the game anyways. But hey, who plays to win?
A Look Ahead
The only thing that’s realistically changed is the Lions dwindling playoff dreams. This is the same Lions team from the 1-3 start and the three-win streak. Bad defense, bad coaching, subpar offensive line, no run game, and asking your quarterback to bail you out every single game. Stafford has done that in Detroit’s four victories and he has failed to overcome in the Lions four losses. In the ultimate team game, you can’t ask your quarterback to do everything.
Things aren’t likely to improve with a trip to NFC leader, Minnesota next week.