Lions Offense Kept Quiet in Charlotte

The Detroit Lions flew into Charlotte, N.C., coming off of a collective win against the New York Giants Monday night, but the Panthers’ defense proved to be a tough matchup.

The dynamic Lions offense was held to an unimpressive seven points to Carolina’s 24 on Sunday.

Turnovers plagued the Lions all throughout the game. Detroit failed to establish a healthy rhythm due to an early Joique Bell fumble, and failed to rally a comeback due to a late Matt Stafford interception and Jeremy Ross fumble.The score also does not reflect the true grit effort of the Lions offense in the first half.

Rookie kicker Nate Freese missed two field goals before the half and finished the game with a goose egg. Freese is now 2-5 on field goals and fans are wondering if it is time to panic.

Should the Lions continue to give the rookie his shot, or should they hit the panic button?

Another scare for the Lions came early in the game with threat of injury to the secondary. Rookie Nevin Lawson was playing the nickel-slot for injured Bill Bentley until he was carted off the field. Darius Slay limped off but came back quickly. On the front line Nick Fairley had a few awkward limps off the field.

The Lions need to clean up their act if they want to beat the visiting Packers team spearheaded by Aaron Rodgers next Sunday. The Lions are tied for first in the division with the Minnesota Vikings at 1-1 and need to capitalize next Sunday if they want to takeover the NFC North.

Chris Boggus is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.