January 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) rushes the ball against Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) to score a touchdown during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Fans of Parks & Reviews will probably remember Leslie Knope’s consistent jokes about the residents of Eagleton. Pawnee’s swanky neighbors provide comic relief for Knope and her colleagues. Well, the Lions can be said to play a similar role to the rest of the NFC North.
Granted, no one can say they are as rich as the Eagletonians. It’s not like they’re the Cowboys or Yankees. Instead, they’re an eternally pathetic team that never gets out of the NFL’s basement. Coaches come and go, and yet their incompetence remains. In a world so full of uncertainty and danger, the Detroit Lions at least offer some comfort and stability, especially for us Vikings fans.
At 0-4, the Lions are essentially out of the playoff race. They’re playing for the right to pick this year’s top rated QB. One of their best defensive players, Romeo Okwara, has lost this season. Ditto for Jeffrey Okudah. Penei Sewell, a surefire OT who many believe was the draft’s best overall player, has made it through his first four NFL games. Currently Sewell is 55th in PFFthe OT ranking. A date with Griff & Danielle doesn’t help.
Jared Goff had ideal conditions in LA and was still a bad QB. Detroit is arguably the least inspiring roster in the NFL. Kalif Raymond, Quintez Cephus and Amon-Ra St. Brown lead their receiving corps. You will be forgiven if you don’t know any of them. Goff will thus be leaning on TJ Hockenson, Jamaal Williams (undervalued) and D’Andre Swift. If Zim can slow down these three, it shouldn’t cost too much to tame the Lions.
I know I fooled the Bears for their one meter performance against Cleveland, but they are so far ahead of the Lions. Simply put, it will be a complete disgrace if we drop our week 5 game against Detroit. We have already lost a number of games that we should have won. They will pale in comparison to a week 5 meltdown, so let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
The worst thing a team can do is overlook an opponent. I don’t overlook the lions; on the contrary, I only point out that it should be an easy win, one that brings us one step closer to respectability. I think we have a chance to make the play-offs if we get the bye at 3-3. That modest goal kicks off this week with a win.
So, don’t go crazy with the expectations. This inevitably leads to heartbreak. Let’s also avoid banishing hope. A date with the Lions is just what we need.