If the Lions entrance workplace was searching for a purpose to fireplace Matt Patricia, they may have discovered one on Sunday. In one of many worst performances by any crew this season, the Lions regarded like they merely gave up on Patricia through the crew’s 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
If you happen to’re questioning what the temperature is of Patricia’s sizzling seat in Detroit, simply open up your oven earlier than you cook dinner your turkey on Thanksgiving and you will have a good suggestion. On this embarrassing loss, the offense could not transfer the ball, the protection could not cease a former XFL quarterback (P.J. Walker) and all of that led to the Lions getting shut out for the primary time since 2009.
The errors began early for Detroit, with one of many ugliest ones approaching a shotgun snap from Frank Ragnow to Matthew Stafford within the first quarter. On the play, Ragnow short-hopped the snap, and Stafford — who had been coping with a sore thumb all week — simply could not maintain on to it, and finally the Panthers ended up with the ball.
If one play epitomized the Lions’ day, it was undoubtedly that one.
It is virtually a blessing for Stafford that the snap did not get to him, as a result of anytime the ball ended up in his fingers, he was getting destroyed. The Lions quarterback was sacked 5 instances and confronted fixed strain from a Panthers protection that made the Lions’ offensive line seem like a turnstile at a live performance the place all of the tickets had been free.
The Lions merely could not do something on offense, and on the few instances the place they did, Patricia killed the drives by punting. On two consecutive drives within the second quarter, the Lions PUNTED the ball from Carolina territory. Patricia ought to have proven some religion in his offense and gone for it, as a result of within the worst case situation, he was giving it again to a Panthers offense that was led by a former XFL QB. As an alternative, he punted each instances and the Lions would by no means threaten to attain a landing on this sport.
The Lions did not attain the pink zone a single time and so they solely drove within Carolina’s 30-yard line one time. This was a sport the Lions needed to win and so they fell flat on their face.
The Lions had been sitting at 4-5 going into Sunday and so they even appeared to have an outdoor shot at getting again into the NFC playoff race, however that will not be taking place now. The one query that appears to stay in Detroit is whether or not or not Patricia will survive the season.
Alright, let’s get to the grades for each sport from Week 11. If you happen to’re searching for a deeper dive on the Cardinals-Seahawks sport that was performed Thursday, remember to click on right here.
Carolina 20-0 over Detroit
New Orleans 24-9 over Atlanta
Washington 20-9 over Cincinnati
Cleveland 22-17 over Philadelphia
Eagles-Browns grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Houston 27-20 over New England
Patriots-Texans grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tennessee 30-24 over Baltimore (OT)
Titans-Ravens grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Pittsburgh 27-3 Jacksonville
Steelers-Jaguars grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Denver 20-13 over Miami
Dolphins-Broncos grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Dallas 31-28 over Minnesota
Cowboys-Vikings grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Indianapolis 34-31 over Inexperienced Bay
L.A. Chargers 34-28 over N.Y. Jets
Kansas Metropolis 35-31 over Las Vegas
Chiefs-Raiders grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)