After dropping their first game of the season, the Detroit Lions are now 1-1. Regardless of the variety of reasons it happened, many of the media pundits are beginning to wonder about the Lions' mental makeup in the wake of another usually frustrating loss.
Given that, the common theme this week is discipline and how the Lions are failing apart at the seams with 19 penalties in two games. Some of the pundits do point out other issues leading to Detroit's trouble, but to them, penalties are the major talking point this week.
ESPN: 18th. Last Week: 18th. The ESPN raters don't move the Lions down any, and wonder aloud, given Calvin Johnson's 12th career 100 yard day with no teammate reaching 50, what would happen if defenses didn't focus exclusively on him. With Reggie Bush injured early on Sunday, sadly, we didn't get to find out.
CBS Sports 21st. Last Week: 20th. Pete Prisco shows his first signs of teetering on the bandwagon this week, saying the Lions made way too many mistakes and wondering when it might stop. If it doesn't, Prisco says Detroit might be getting a new head coach in the future. No disagreement there.
Fox Sports: 17th. Last Week: 14th. If it's anyone who knows what discipline can do for a team, it's Brian Billick, a man who presided over a Baltimore Ravens team in 2005 that nearly set a league record with 21 penalties in a loss to Detroit. Billick says these Lions need to find some discipline fast because they have none. While that's true, discipline isn't the only reason Detroit lost on Sunday.
Pro Football Talk: 18th. Last Week: 11th. Mike Florio's love affair with Detroit was short lived, as he moves the Lions down his rankings this week, noting a little discipline would go a long way. That's true, but so would a little offensive balance.
NFL.com: 20th. Last Week: 17th. Give Elliot Harrison credit for bringing up issues other than penalties which helped lead in the Lions' desert demise last weekend. Harrison blasts Brandon Pettigrew twice for dropping passes, lambastes the Lions' special team issues and says Detroit shouldn't have lost to a team who's best player was sitting on the bench in the second half. He's right on all accounts.
Highest Rank: 17th
Lowest Rank: 21st
Their Overall Consensus: The Lions lost on Sunday to the Cardinals due mostly to team discipline. If the penalties continue, it will be hard for Detroit to win, and losing might lead the coaching staff to come under fire.
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