Detroit Lions News: Dan Campbell Press Conference, Alex Anzalone HURT, Jonah Jackson Out

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If the past two weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the Detroit Lions have some obvious flaws. That doesn’t mean the team is doomed, just about every team in the NFL has flaws. However, it has been a bit of a rude awakening for some who believed this team would walk to a division title and have a good chance at the NFC’s top seed. Those hopes are gone now, time to face reality.

So on this week’s episode of the PODcast, we recap the Thanksgiving letdown against the Green Bay Packers, then dig a little deeper into the team’s current weaknesses. How many can we expect the Lions to fix in a hurry, how many are deeper issues that Detroit is unlikely to remedy?

Take, for example, quarterback Jared Goff’s turnover issue: three interceptions against the Bears and three fumbles lost against the Packers. Is this something that will be easily fixed by better pass protection or is this a deep-seeded issue with Goff that is bound to just come out at times?

Then there’s the Lions pass defense. While it has statistically been getting by all season, it has not looked consistently good even across a single game. Pass rushing issues have been prevalent all year, and that has put the Lions’ shorthanded secondary in a tough spot.

Coach Dan Campbell points to the team’s sporadic success (7.0 sacks vs. Falcons, 5.0 sacks vs. Packers, 6.0 sacks vs. Raiders) as a sign the Lions have the right players in the building.

“We’ve been able to generate pressure and so this unit’s going to be just fine,” Campbell said after the Thanksgiving Day loss. “We’re going to get going and we pressured a little bit more today, played a little tight, but these are our guys, man. And these guys can do it and they’ve done it. That same thing we just faced there, we went out to Green Bay, and we were able to create pressure. We weren’t able to do it today.”
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