It was another Sunday in the NFL world as the Detroit Lions battled the Arizona Cardinals for their first win of the season. The team was hungry for their first win and looked like they were ready to battle as the game went from a high to a series of lows. For their first win, they will have to wait at least another week.
Quick into the first quarter, Calvin Johnson, became the Lions all-time reception leader with a nine yard grab. Making it his 671st reception, he topped Herman Moore who had 670 for the franchise record. Shortly after that positive celebration, Stafford connects with Theo Riddick for the Lions first touchdown of the game as they take the lead. Ford Field held a roar as the Lions began to prove how bad they wanted this win to their fans.
Cardinals tie it up shortly after when Palmer connects to Fells for the 14 yard touchdown pass. Almost a pick-six to follow when Stafford threw another interception and one play after the Cardinals take a 14-7 lead with that touchdown. The game had two themes Sunday evening and that was turnovers and interceptions. After another turnover the Cardinals hold the win at 28-7 going into the half.
Game returns and Stafford throws yet another interception and this is when the madness broke. Lions fans immediately stand up with their arms in the air. Some turned and left the game while others stared at the field and booed their own quarterback, Stafford. After that, the Cardinals get another touchdown to lead 35-7. No surprise as Stafford gets benched in the third quarter after his third interception of the game and the Lions go to their backup quarterback, Dan Orlovsky. Lions fans look onto the field with the last hope they have in their hearts for the Lions to hold some pride and finish the game strong. Matt Prater kicks a field goal but the Lions are still down 25 points. Cardinals hit another touchdown as they let Ellington run 63 yards to score and for the score to 42-10. Dramatic as it may sound, fans ran to the exit signs at this point in the game as they watched the game crumble before them. Orlovsky then connects with Lance Moore for a 13 yard touchdown as the game ends with a final score of 42-17 as the Lions looks their fifth straight game in a row.
Detroit had six turnovers this game and continues to remain the only team in the NFL without a win yet this season, something Lions fans have trouble hearing.
After the game, Golden Tate, receiver for the Lions gave his opinion on the fans who left or spent their game booing the team off the field Tate said, “You know, I’m the first to say I love our fans. I think our fans are amazing and they’ve been patient for a long time. But before the game got out of hand, before the game started. I looked up and there were a lot of empty seats. Early on, our team is getting booed. Later in the game, it sounded like the loudest was when Stafford was leaving the game and Dan was coming in.” disappointment came from him as well as other Lions players in the locker room. The team was not pleased in their performance as well as the attitude given off by the fans. They want pride in their team and want their fans to have pride in them as well as they push for their first win next week.
Coach Caldwell’s take on the game was “Overall it was disappointing and embarrassing and we have to be better.”
As Juique Bell returns to practice this week he says “Theres a lot of football left to play.”
It’s the Lions job to work harder, be stronger, and provide a great game for their fans to watch. They play the Chicago Bears, Sunday at 1pm and will be pushing for their first win of the season to prove to themselves and their fans that they are worth it. Don’t close the door on the Lions as they continue to push forward.