Going into the game, one had to think it would be all Lions…Detroit fighting to stay in the playoff hunt and needing some help. Cincinnati, out of the playoffs with a lot of Bengals scheduling off season plans. So what happens, Detroit lays a bit of an egg, not a terrible performance, but far from good. A very far cry from the clutch performance you would like to see in a do or die situation.
To make matters worse, Cincinnati had been playing terrible. This was their first win in the month of December and their last victory was over the 0-15 Browns. If their is a bright spot to the season, it is the Browns. If they lose next week they will join the Dan Orlovsky lead Lions as the only 0-16 teams in NFL history. It can be noted that this Browns team will go down as the worst ever… and phew it will be good for a little of the 08 stink out of the history books.
As far as the future goes…We have maybe 8 to 10 more years of Matt Stafford. He isn’t going to be the greatest of all-time, but he is a Hall of Fame QB. Detroit’s front office needs to give Stafford more help for next year. He is the greatest QB in franchise history, and it would be a dang shame if he never got to win a Super Bowl, or even a playoff game. Stafford has proven that he can lead a game winning drive, but I don’t have a clue of what he could do with a running game and a solid defense.
The Lions haven’t won a super bowl ever, and I was too young to remember their last playoff win, but I still love my Lions through and through. I just hope next year brings different results than the disappointing showing this past weekend.