By Woody Woodriffe
FOX 2 Sports
DETROIT (WJBK) -- What has happened to the Detroit Lions?
The squad that went 10-6 last year is a sputtering, out of control mess right now and there does not seem to be any solutions on the horizon.
How could Detroit allow a 12-point lead to evaporate with less than 3 minutes to play in the game? How could Colts receiver Donnie Avery find himself behind the Lions defense for a touchdown -- in a situation where a defender cannot let a receiver get behind him!? How could the Lions let Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck off the hook to make plays late to win it!?
There are plenty of other questions for both players and coaches in this latest debacle -- like the VERY conservative play calling by head coach Jim Schwartz when the Lions had the ball on a 3rd down and 6 in the previous possession. We often hear about winning as a team, but against the Colts, the Lions lost as a team and the collapse was total. I thought that the team would have rallied together after the distractions from the Titus Young situation, but the only thing that was proven is how fragile this team's mindset is. Check that, there were two things proven in this devastation: one, the fact that the Lions look and act like a house of cards and two, that Detroit can't finish! In fact, Detroit cornerback Chris Houston admitted that his teammates already thought that the game was in the bag. That's not a winning attitude and let's be honest, Detroit just isn't good enough to overcome mistakes yet or distractions.
Lost in the shuffle is the fact that Calvin Johnson tied the NFL record for consecutive games with 125 yards receiving with 5, and Matthew Stafford became just the 3rd Lions passer to amass one thousand completions, doing it in a lightning quick 41 career games -- personal statistics that suddenly ring hollow after yet another heartbreaking defeat. So what now?
Can Detroit actually go into Green Bay next week and pull out a win? Maybe, but it's unlikely and at 4-8 does it really matter anymore? I think that it does matter, but it's up to the Lions players to reverse this downward spiral, and we'll see if this team has any spark moving forward. It better, or else the last quarter of Detroit's season will not be completed by a battling team in a "spoiler-mode," but by the Lions themselves spoiling -- like old milk.