Detroit Lions lose to ex-XFL star QB in his first start, but this shouldn’t surprise you

Well, just when you think things can’t get any lower for the Detroit Lions.

They follow up last week’s near come-from-ahead loss with an absolute stinker in Charlotte.

For the first time since Matthew Stafford’s rookie season, the Lions were shutout, losing to the Panthers, 17-0.

And not just the Panthers. But the Christian McCaffrey-less Panthers. The Teddy Bridgewater-less Panthers. The Panthers, who started P.J. Walker at quarterback, who a few months ago was zeroing in on the MVP … of the XFL.

At least the Lions didn’t blow a double-digit lead this time, right?

This loss can be summed up by one play. The Lions seemed to find a spark on offense in the second half with a trick play and a deep pass to Marvin Jones for a touchdown.

There was just one problem. Jones lined up illegally before the play. The officials caught him, and the TD was nullified.

And, when the Lions lose, the jokes pour in on social media. Here’s a sampling:

NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt expressed his disappointment, but for another reason:

More frustration:

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions lose to ex-XFL QB in his first start, surprising no one

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