Despite a typical 2-9 record, there’s a sense that it’s an atypical year for the Lions. Though they’ve lost seven more than they’ve won, the Lions have kept many games close.
They kept Thursday’s game against the Patriots more than close; they raced to a 14-3 lead and held a seven-point margin at halftime.
But once the Patriots woke up, the Lions couldn’t keep up.
After the game, a couple of Lions made their displeasure with their teammates clear. Per Jennifer Hammond of FOX 2 in Detroit (via Chris Burke of FanHouse), defensive lineman Corey Williams said that some of his teammates are “essentially just collecting a paycheck.” Cornerback Chris Houston added that some of the players gave up following big plays from the Pats, and that they need to be called out.
It’s the latest sign of trouble for second-year coach Jim Schwartz, who has come under fire for some of the team’s struggles this season.