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:
Two observations from Lions-Panthers:
P.J. Walker belongs in the NFL.
Matt Patricia belongs in the XFL.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 22, 2020
You haven’t been watching the Lions long enough if you didn’t see this performance from a backup QB coming from a mile away.
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 22, 2020
NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt expressed his disappointment, but for another reason:
4-5 Lions losing 14-0 to Panthers team that hasn’t won in 6 weeks.
Cmon. All I ask is a .500 Lions team to watch on Thanksgiving. Is that not reasonable? What the hell man. pic.twitter.com/CZZxMDlskp
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) November 22, 2020
Watching a dead Lions team on Thanksgiving… A tradition unlike any other
— Evan Fox (@evanfoxy) November 22, 2020
This has to be one of the top 5 worst @Lions losses that I can remember. And that’s saying a lot
— QuaranSteve (@WildWildSteve) November 22, 2020
Patricia has to go.
Bevell looked so good last year, this year… well… run, run incomplete pass, punt. Exciting.
What does Undlin even do in this organisation?
— MiscreantJoker (@DefiantDavey) November 22, 2020
The question of just how bad would the Lions have to play to cause a regime change is being tested today.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 22, 2020
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions lose to ex-XFL QB in his first start, surprising no one