Where Exactly Did It Go Wrong for the Detroit Lions?

December 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When a team collapses as egregiously as the 2013 Detroit Lions, there is a search for answers to some difficult questions. Any time a team crashes from a 6-3 start to a 7-9 finish, lots of questions must be asked.
Foremost among those is: Where did it go wrong?
The quick answer is that the bye week sucked the momentum out of the team. Detroit won just one game after the Week 10 break, which came on the heels of a dramatic comeback win over Dallas.
The more correct answer is complex and layered. However, there are three main points that deserve the lion’s share of the Lions’ blame.
The Increase in Turnovers
During the successful first half of the season, the Detroit offense did a good job protecting the pigskin. Through the first eight games, the Lions had just 12 giveaways. While that's not great, it's not a crippling number. 
For some reason, that attention to ball security went away. In the inglorious slide at the end o...

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