For one week at least, Detroit Lions fans were spared from the special teams confusion they have become accustomed to watching on Sundays.
The bye week came at the perfect time for Detroit, a team that finds themselves 1-3 after four games. Their poor record can be attributed to offense, defense, and special teams, but one unit stands out as the main culprit.
The Lions’ offense ranks third in the league. The defense ranks ninth. They are 1-3.
The math doesn’t make sense, until you add four special teams touchdowns to the mix. Then, the problem becomes clear.
The Lions now travel to Philadelphia to face the division-leading Eagles. Quarterback Michael Vick has turned the ball over more than any other QB (11) so far this year, and has taken a fair share of sacks as well. If the Lions can capitalize on this, they can win the game, but only if they can avoid giving up the big plays their fans have grown accustomed to watching.
Another positive for Detroit: Louis Delmas has practiced and is hoping to return to action this week. Delmas has been sidelined all year after undergoing knee surgery during training camp.