The Lions being entertaining is not that massive of a shock. Dan Campbell has been a strolling quote machine since he took over as head coach in January of 2021. Detroit turned a sentimental favourite this summer season when it appeared on Arduous Knocks. Even essentially the most ardent of followers of NFC North rivals — I fall into that class, as a Bears supporter — have a smooth spot for the Lions due to their look on the wildly common HBO docudrama.
With just one playoff win since 1957, the Lions really feel relegated to everlasting also-ran standing. However holy [smokes] are they entertaining! They’re like that loveable wrestling jobber we’re all rooting for, a rando who’ll finally be squashed by the primary eventers. I suppose that may make the Lions the Danhausen of the NFL on this state of affairs. Let me let you know, if you have not seen Danhausen, you are about to enter a YouTube wormhole. Take pleasure in. And hey, the person hails from Detroit!!
The Lions have been a Scorigami dream. Final week, they misplaced (clearly) to the Seahawks. It was the primary sport in NFL historical past with a 48-45 final score, which simply form of appears bizarre. However not as bizarre as the truth that Jared Goff has performed in three of the 4 video games with not less than 90 mixed factors within the final 5 seasons. JARED GOFF.
The Lions have scored 140 factors (35 factors per sport) and allowed 141 factors (35.3 ppg) this season. The 281 mixed factors scored and allowed are essentially the most by any group within the first 4 video games of a season in NFL historical past. The 140 factors are essentially the most within the first 4 video games in membership historical past. The 141 factors allowed? The second-most in membership historical past. (They’re the Lions, in spite of everything.) However that is the factor right here. If you are going to begin the season 1-3, not less than be attention-grabbing. I imply, it will get a little bit unhappy seeing Campbell get into his emotions after a sport. However I form of love the drama.
The Falcons are additionally moderately attention-grabbing. Head coach Arthur Smith turned a hero to fantasy fans years in the past when he unlocked the total potential of Tennessee Titans operating again Derrick Henry. After which he made Cordarrelle Patterson right into a fantasy cheat code final 12 months, additional endearing himself to soccer nerds in all places. Nonetheless, Artwork has been warring with those self same folks this 12 months, claiming he is not out to win fantasy championships, however moderately video games for his group. In doing so, he is failing to fully faucet into the limitless potential of tight finish Kyle Pitts. The 22-year-old unicorn of an NFL participant has but to make an affect, whereas guys like rookie operating again Caleb Huntley are scoring touchdowns and main the Falcons to victory.