They couldn’t cover Sidney Rice, and they couldn’t stop Brett Favre. Combine that with an offense that dropped passes and a big fumble to start the second half, and it all come out as another Lions loss, this time to the Vikings 27-10 in Minnesota. “You see the progress and see that we’re improving,” linebacker Julian Peterson said. “We just can’t get over that extra hump.”
The loss for the now 1-8 means that they have lost 31 of their last 33 games, meaning they join the Houston Oilers, from Nov. 21, 1982 through Nov. 4, 1984, as the only NFL teams to lose 31 games in a 33-game stretch, according to STATS. “We came in with our first goal, which was to stop Adrian Peterson, but with Favre landing bombs like he did it was kind of hard,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “It throws off everyone, from the D-line to the cornerbacks.”
The Lions had no answer for Favre, who threw for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Rice. Having Adrian Peterson didn’t hurt the Vikings either, as he went for 133 yards and two scores. The Lions hung for a half, trailing 10-3. Then on the second play of the second half Kevin Smith put the ball on the turf, and the game was basically over.
“We have a good drive on offense (in the first half) and then turn around and fumble. Very similar to the way we started the second half in the first game we played,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We put the ball on the ground way too much today and we got our quarterback killed way too much.”
Detroit’s current six-game losing streak is the longest active skid in the NFL and the Lions have now lost 12 consecutive games in Minnesota — and 17 in a row on the road. Matthew Stafford was 29-for-51 for 224 yards and was sacked three times. It also didn’t help as his pass catchers could not hang onto the ball.
“It’s going to happen. I’m going to miss guys and they’re going to drop some, I understand that,” said Stafford. “It’s just one of those things where we have to keep working with each other. All the guys on the team have great hands, they’re capable of making every catch that maybe they didn’t come up with today. I have all the confidence in the world in them.”
The offense was bad, the defense wasn’t much better, and because of it – the Lions again have to go back to the drawing board.