Week 5 Grades: Millen-less Lions continue to fail in epic fashion
The Lions found a way to take the word listless to a new level as they fell behind early, 31-0, just like they have every other game this season. The Lions have no excuses. They shook up the organization by firing
Very rarely in the NFL do you question a team's effort, but it is hard to come to any other conclusion after watching the Bears humiliate the Lions in their own building. That this demolition took place in Detroit is ironic, given that one of the reasons the Lions fired Millen was to offer the fans some semblance of hope and to avoid a circus-like atmosphere at home games for the rest of the season. I guess the Lions prefer funerals to circuses because Ford Field had the enthusiasm of a morgue Sunday.
If I were a Lions fan, I would start to worry about the possibility of going winless in 2008. It is that bad.
Right about then is when things went awry for Rosenfels. By now, the collapse has been well documented. There was a fumble returned for a touchdown when Rosenfels made an ill-advised decision to try to jump for the first down. It was a gutsy play that would have been roundly praised if it had worked. Or called a dumb play but forgiven as long as he held onto the ball. But he didn't. He got spun around like a helicopter propeller before losing possession. He followed that with another fumble deep in his own territory and then just when the football gods appeared to be back on his side as he marched the team down the field with less than two minutes remaining, he threw an interception to seal the loss. The last two turnovers were so uncharacteristic of the normally poised Rosenfels that one has to wonder if he was woozy from the highlight film hit he took on the first fumble.
Rosenfels showed just how quickly you can go from hero to goat in the NFL while at the same time showing the accountability that made him a sought-after commodity by the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. He stood at the podium and talked about letting all of his teammates and coaches down, which likely only enhanced his reputation within the organization after his disappointing finish dropped the Texans to 0-4.
As impressive as those numbers are, it was the goal line stand on fourth and 1 on the first play of the fourth quarter that really enabled the Dolphins to flex their defensive muscles and cement the second victory of the year. The Dolphins have now gone from a hapless team that almost went winless in 2007 to a formidable foe that just knocked off the preseason AFC favorites in back-to-back games.
For the second week in a row, the Skins went on the road to face a brutal NFC East opponent and came away with the victory. There is no secret to the Skins success and it all starts with the old guys up front. The concern about this offensive line coming into the season was its health and durability over the course of a 16-game slate, not its performance.
The Skins had very little difficulty picking up
Need further evidence that the Skins front five is at the heart of their success? How about converting 11 of 19 third downs and a critical fourth down late in the ball game to seal the victory. If the Skins linemen can stay healthy, the election of a new president will not be the only big news happening in D.C. later in the season.