The Detroit Lions suffered a painful loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, but things have turned the other way with the Washington Commanders in town.
While it felt like the Lions felt like an old team during the first week of the season, things changed decisively at the start of the second week. Early and often, Lions were with Commanders all over the place, and their efforts set the internet on fire.
Many people saw Detroit’s efforts and were very impressed with what the team was capable of piling up yards and hitting plays.
Sports Illustrated writer Albert Breer pointed out the wild disparity in mileage that teams had early on, which indicated a dominating performance by the team.
“Yards from scrimmage … Lions: 244 Commanders: 27. Detroit won 22-0 at home,” Breer tweeted.
NFL Network personality Rachel Bonnetta simply expressed disbelief that the Lions were doing so well.
“Lions?!??????”, she tweeted.
NFL Network personality Cynthia Frelund was also surprised, to say the least. As a Lions fan, it made her really happy to see such utter dominance.
“I’m close to tears boys,” she said tweeted.
Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker put it even better. As he said, the lions are a chariot.
“The Lions are a wagon,” Tucker tweeted.
NFL Network host Rich Eisen also summed things up perfectly, but kept his commentary to a minimum and tweeted a hungry lion.
Finally, Barstool Sports personality PFT Commenter had a solid opinion and simply said the Lions could be the best team in history.
“The Detroit Lions could be the best team in world history,” he said tweeted.
This could be new territory for the Lions when it comes to looking good and generating positive buzz rather than the normally negative headlines at a preseason football game.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, others make big plays for Lions
Early in the first half, Amon-Ra St. Brown emerged and made a big play for Detroit’s offense, catching a pass to get the team going and put the Lions in the end zone.
Here’s a look at the play:
However, it wasn’t just St. Brown who made the plays. The Lions had a nice 50-yard run early in the game, running back D’Andre Swift for points.
Additionally, full-back Josh Reynolds caught a touchdown pass to inflict even more pain on the commanders and extend Detroit’s lead:
Eventually, Detroit’s offense showed signs of breaking out and was able to sustain it through the first half.
Detroit’s defense is also making great plays
In the first half of the game, not only was Detroit’s offense in the lead, but the defense also set the tone.
The best example of this from the game was Charles Harris, who conceded a safety in the first half with a great bull rush. After Washington secured near the end zone, Harris got the ball and made a move:
In addition to Harris, the Lions were able to let go of rookie Aidan Hutchinson for a couple of sacks, the first of his NFL career.
Add it up and offense and defense complement each other beautifully for the Lions. It’s something that’s rarely seen over the years, but as people know, it could mean the Lions are a dangerous team this season.
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