Turkey time: Lions completely crumble at end, yet again

The bears win at the basket at 0:00 in a terribly played match



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Oh-10-and-1, oh-10-and-1. How modest are your losses?

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Less than the lowest.

The Detroit Lions remain winless in the 2021 NFL season, after their most miserable collapse yet in the dying minutes led to another disheartening loss on Thursday 16-14 to a team almost as bad as them: the Chicago Bears.

This year’s annual opening of the traditional NFL turkey triple header was harder to swallow than a parched bird without sauce. It was so bad.

Even FOX booth announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman chuckled throughout the horribly bad level of play, especially by the Lions. At one point, Aikman – a professional Football Hall of Fame quarterback – couldn’t stop laughing.

Chicago improved to 4-7, Detroit fell to 0-10-1.

“We all want to win,” said Lions head coach Dan Campbell. “We have to learn to win.

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It would help.

Detroit’s offense scored a touchdown in every half, but otherwise it was life or death to pick up a miserable first down. In each half, the Lions have been penalized over three consecutive games, leaving them 3 each time e -and-about-a-third-of-the-field to try a first try.

Until the end, the Detroit defense at least managed to stop Chicago quarterback Andy Dalton – in place of rookie Justin Fields, who couldn’t play with cracked ribs – and the Bears from scoring more. by 13 points, on 314 offensive yards.

But then the Lions in the last 10 minutes, predictably, across the board, fell apart completely. Despite a rare 14-13 lead late in the game.

First, quarterback Jared Goff and the Lions offense couldn’t get out of their own way as they tried to speed up the clock and increase their lead. Forty-four winning yards were mostly offset by 25 penalty yards, and Detroit kicked off their own 29 with 8:41 left.

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The Bears then ran out of time, with generous help from the Lions’ defensive coaches, but also thanks to good, difficult runs from David Montgomery and timely accomplishments from Dalton. Chicago amassed 69 yards in 18 plays, culminating with Carlos Santos’ 28-yard field goal at 0:00.

Detroit likely would have forced a longer field goal with 1:54 to go and gave themselves a chance to win it when, after a Lions timeout, Chicago faced a 3 e -and-9 at the Detroit 16-yard line. The Lions players couldn’t line up properly despite the extra time to do so, and then the frenzied and livid Lions defensive coaches called the time out again.

It’s illegal to call back-to-back timeouts between games, and the five-yard penalty gave Chicago a much more achievable 3. e -and-4 to 11, still with 1:54 on the left.

Confusion reigned over the Detroit defense again, with players sprinting off the field just before the snap, and the secondary misaligned. Dalton easily hit wide receiver Damiere Byrd on seven yards, and that was it; three Dalton kneeling later, the Bears won for the first time in over a month.

The Lions haven’t won in nearly 51 weeks.

So, millions of Americans got a huge turkey, and then a few hours later ate Thanksgiving dinner.

Put on the neck, Clark.

JoKryk@postmedia.com

@JohnKryk

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