Detroit Lions Week 6 Preview
In truth, the BYE couldn't have come at a better time for the Lions, who have lost three straight and are now sitting at 1-3 on the season.
After opening with a 27-23 win over the St. Louis Rams, Detroit has lost in consecutive weeks to the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.
This has all happened despite the Lions ranking first in the NFL in passing, with Matthew Stafford having already passed for 1182 yards in four games.
Stafford has been racking up tons of yardage, but he hasn't been able to be very efficient in the redzone. He's only thrown three touchdown passes (four interceptions).
Calvin Johnson is averaging 105.8 YPG and has been targeted 43 times already this season, but he's only found the endzone once. You may remember that he had an amazing 16 touchdown grabs last season.
There's also been no semblance of balance for this offense so far. The Lions are ranked 22nd in the league in rushing, though maybe that will improve going forward now that they've seem to found a legitimate three-down back in Mikel Leshoure.
Defensively, everything's a mess for Detroit. They've allowed 114 points already through the first month of the season, over 33 more points than every other team in their division.
Looking ahead to Week 6 and some potential NFL picks, the Lions will be traveling to the City of Brotherly Love to play the Philadelphia Eagles.
Things don't get any easier the next week either as they'll again be playing away from home, this time in Chicago against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
That's two incredibly tough matchups in a row right off their BYE, and the Lions really have to get at least one win. They're already in the basement of the NFC North and can't afford to fall any further behind.
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