Good, Bad, Ugly: Lions lose to Bills

The Lions had a day filled with miscues and misfortune after losing to the Buffalo Bills. Here’s a quick look at some of the game’s focal points.

The Detroit Lions 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills came in heartbreaking fashion, with Bills kicker Dan Carpenter delivering a stomach-sinking 58-yard field goal with seconds remaining to give the Bills their first lead of the game.

Here’s a breakdown of the good, bad and ugly from Sunday’s loss.

The Good – The Defense

The Lions defense stood tall yet again and is proving their first-quarter dominance wasn’t a fluke.

Giving up 343 yards and 19 points is an average performance by NFL standards but consider that the unit only allowed one touchdown, forced eight punts and scored a touchdown of its own while receiving no support from the offense.

The defense looked impenetrable early, holding the Bills to only 76 yards in the first half but – as any defense would – began to wear down, allowing their opponent to compile 148 yards in the fourth quarter.

Still, the defensive side of the ball was not the problem and not only did enough for the Lions to win but allowed the team to maintain a lead for almost all of the game. If the offense or special teams would have been at least average, the Lions would be 4-1.

The Bad – The Offense

The kicking game might be the focal point of scrutiny after this one, but in actuality it was the offense that let the team down.

With 263 yards of total offense and 13 first downs, the offense hung the defense out to dry.

Consider that Matthew Stafford and Co. controlled the ball for only 27:41 of this game while the team’s defense forced four three-and-outs and eight punts.

This team is built around skilled players on the offensive side of the ball and producing seven points – even with three missed field goals – will never be enough.

The Ugly – The Injuries

The injury bug has hit the Lions hard since the beginning of the regular season and continued to ravage the team in this loss.

With the backfield already depleted, Reggie Bush left the game and wasn’t able to return. The extent of his injury isn’t yet known but if he has to miss extended time, the team could be in trouble.

Even more concerning is the fact that Calvin Johnson left the game after taking a hard hit to his lower body. He had a significant limp as he walked off the field and was taken to the locker room. He has struggled with injuries this season already and this team has historically struggled when he has been out of the lineup.

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