The Lions took the field Sunday afternoon hoping to bounce back from their disappointing 4-12 season in 2012.
What looked like the start of a dominating offensive performance quickly turned into another hard-to-watch Lions football game. Don’t let the negative tweets from fans take effect – the Lions are in good shape heading into week two at Arizona, and they snapped their eight-game regular season losing streak, to start off 2013, at 1-0.
After marching down the field with ease on their first drive, the Lions failed twice to gain one-yard and move the chains, and were ready to settle for a field goal. After a botched snap, they settled for zero, and on the next play, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for a 78-yard touchdown to make it 6-0. Talk about a change in momentum.
The Lions continued to move the ball on offense, responding with a couple of field goals. But penalties plagued the Lions for much of the game and the twitter response put the blame solely on the coaching staff. The “Fire Schwartz” tweets then took over. The first half of the game was like heaven for cynical fans, to voice their complaints and grievances about the undisciplined Lions about dropped passes, fumbles, bad throws and penalties.
The second half was all Lions. Running back Reggie Bush was no less than amazing in his Lions debut, with 90 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards and a touchdown. Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah got his first look at regular season NFL action, and had three tackles.
Are they really the “Same old Lions”?
The Lions won their third straight season-opener Sunday, in a huge divisional matchup with the Vikings. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Lions had won 11 out of their last 20 season openers, making the playoffs six times in that span. Only one of those playoff appearances came in a season where they suffered a week one loss.
The same old Lions are not expected to win. These Lions surely are, if all the negative tweets are signs of fans’ frustration with the Lions not getting the job done. In the end, they did indeed finish the job in a 34-24 victory. But was it pretty? Let’s just say they looked like, well, the Lions.
Bradley Allen is a Multi-Media Journalist for Impact Sports.