There is nothing better than a homecoming, right?
Well, that is what the Detroit Lions are hoping for after losing three straight games to drop to 3-6 on the season.
Next Sunday, the Lions will host the Carolina Panthers, a team that had won three in a row before getting annihilated this past Thursday by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite the loss, the Panthers still sit at 6-3 on the season, two games back of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.
So, what does Las Vegas think about this one?
According to the Westgate SuperBook, the Panthers opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the Lions.
What do you think, Nation? Will the Lions bounce back with a big win or is it a no-brainer to take the Panthers -3.5?
Detroit Lions mid-season report card
Is there any one particular word that describes what this season has been like for the Detroit Lions?
There have been some epic highs and some painful lows, that’s for certain. Yes, this is the Detroit Lions team that beat the New England Patriots. Actually, “annihilated” might be a more accurate description of how that game went. But, it’s also the same Detroit Lions team that was completely and utterly humiliated by the New York Jets to open the season. The same team that went on to beat the Green Bay Packers, and the same team that then went on to be again humiliated by the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
As is the case with every season, some players have been better than expected, while others have greatly under-performed. But, being that we’ve reached the halfway point of the season, it’s time for a position-by-position mid-season report card.
This category, obviously, is all about one Matthew Stafford. His backup, Matt Cassel, has thrown the ball just six times this season. Stafford on the other hand, has completed 196 of his 289 passes this season. He has thrown 14 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Once dubbed “Captain Comeback”, he has not been able to steer the ship in the right direction often enough this season. Stafford continues to be good, but it’s hard to say that he’s been great. Another average to just-above-average season for the Lions’ quarterback.
To read the rest of the report card, please click on the link below.