Story by Sam Bell, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of A Healthier Michigan
Well, another season of Lions football has come and gone, and although the team will be watching the playoffs from their couches again this season, things could be worse (I mean, at least we didn’t go 0-16 again, right?) This season could be described as quite the rollercoaster for Detroit, and we will take some time to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly for this 2015 Lions team.
The Lions started the season off in a very rough manner, losing their first 5 games. To be fair, four of their first five losses came against teams that made it to the postseason (Vikings, Chiefs, Seahawks, Broncos), but starting 0-5 does tend to put a bitter taste in your mouth. They finally did pull out their first win, however, and took a 37-34 victory over the Chicago Bears.
The next two games went back to looking like the Lions team fans are used to seeing. In their rematches against both the Vikings and the Chiefs they again took the loss, highlighted by the 45-10 blowout on November 1. This led to many changes for the Lions front office. On November 5, the team fired team president Tom Leland and general manager Martin Mayhew.
I’m not sure what happened after this, but something changed in this Lions team after these moves were made. The team won their next three games, which included a huge win against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field — something they hadn’t been able to do since 1991. This last of these three games was also a blowout victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving, which definitely gave fans something good to watch while they were having their Thanksgiving meal.
The next two games the Lions took two heartbreaking losses to the Packers and the Rams. The team did, however, end the season on a good note, winning three in a row to close out the year.
Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford ended the season 398/592 with 32 touchdowns and 4,262 yards, and started every game for this season. Stafford’s leading receiver was the one and only Calvin Johnson, who had 88 receptions, 9 touchdowns and 1,214 yards. On the defensive end of the ball, Stephen Tulloch led the team in tackles with 107 (one of those being a sack) and Glover Quin having the most interceptions with four.
Now, Lions fans, we are in for a long offseason with lots of questions, one of which being whether Calvin Johnson will return to Detroit for the 2016 season. Although no one has an answer for that now, we can hope that the wait does not take too long. Now it is time to enjoy some playoff football, and look forward to the Lions being back in action in September.
About the writer…
Sam Bell is a sophomore from Mackinaw City. She played three sports in grade school, including basketball, volleyball, and softball. Outside of reporting on sports, Sam enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends, and with her cat, Oliver. She is a Psychology and Community Leadership major and is considering Sports Journalism.