(ALLEN PARK) Youve got to give the Detroit Lions at least a little bit of credit.
With the Seattle Seahawks on the verge of blowing them out of Seahawk Stadium in Seattle, the Lions bowed their backs and fought back.
Twice after getting down 35-14, Detroit had the ball in the Seattle red-zone with a chance to make it a ball game. Of course, they couldnt score, this team is down to one or two guys who have even a chance of making a play, and as a result they came up empty both times. But they didnt quit, they fought to the very last tick of the clock and you have to kind of come away with a little admiration for a team like that.
I dont think this team is going to go "0-for-the season." I think the Lions will win a road game this season and may win two or three more games total and finish around 5-11 or 6-10.
Joey Harringtons grasp of the offense is becoming more evident. Harrington appeared to have no clue early in the season as he threw interception after interception. But the second-year man appeared to grow up in this loss. Yes, Harrington threw two more interceptions, but these werent the "have no clue" variety. These were calculated risk/reward decisions.
If the Lions were going to get back in the ballgame, they had to have some points, so Harrington forced the ball into Bill Schroeder and Az-Zahir Hakim, resulting in the two picks. Harrington appears to have won over his teammates with his play and his leadership.
Yes, it was another road loss, their 21st straight, Detroit will have just two more chances to avoid setting the all-time mark for futility, but heres betting that something will change. This kind of hard work eventually gets rewarded. The biggest problem appears to be that any complementary players that have developed on this injury plagued team never seem to hang around very long.
Receiver Scotty Anderson, who in the last two weeks appeared to have emerged as a poor mans "go-to guy" for Harrington suffered what appeared to be a high ankle sprain when running back Shawn Bryson fell on his leg. Anderson could be out the rest of the season.
Linebacker Boss Bailey who had been receiving raves for his play over the last three weeks, sat out of this game with a sore shoulder. Bailey is day-to-day.
Still, with Detroit playing as hard as they have and with Harringtons progress becoming more apparent, dont be surprised if the Lions win two, perhaps three more games this season with the most logical shot at a road win against the fading Vikings.
"We never quit." That ought to be the Lions motto.
No, they arent very good, but they give it all they have.
You have to admire that, at least a little bit.