DETROIT. At least the Detroit Lions are entertaining.

According to Elias, the Lions (1-3) are the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to lead the NFL in points per game and finish last in points per game during the first four weeks of the season.

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Over four games, the Lions and their rivals scored a total of 281 points. According to research by Sportzshala Stats & Information, this is the highest four-game total by any team in NFL history. Their 48-45 shootout loss to Seattle on Sunday saw the most points and yards in a game this season.

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And that was the story of the Lions 2022 campaign. On the one hand, the Lions offense is one of the best divisions in the league, with a plethora of weapons that thrive in offense coordinator Ben Jonson’s first year scheme. On the other hand, the defense was arguably the worst in the NFL, ranking last in the NFL in yards per rush (5.6), third down percentage allowed (53%), and red zone efficiency (87%) after allowing a touchdown on 13. out of 15 red zone drives this season. While head coach Dan Campbell knows the lack of success is affecting players, he said he’s not panicking about his defense just yet.

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“Well, I know it, we lack confidence. It’s very clear, it’s one of the elements,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said of the defense. “We lack confidence, and so, of course, for this you need to be productive in games, to be successful and stop your opponents, make several stops and such.

“So we lack confidence in some areas and again, we still make mistakes that fall on our boat as coaches. It’s on us.”

Quarterback Jared Goff has been on a roll this season. He ranked third in the league in passing yards (1,126) behind Justin Herbert and Josh Allen, with 11 touchdown passes and only one interception for an overall QBR of 67.1, the eighth best in the NFL.

Goff also helped the Lions set an NFL record by starting the season by going 11 straight quarters with a touchdown. He benefited from increased confidence in the Lions’ second-class organization and Johnson’s creativity. He also has strong offensive weapons such as tight end T.J. Hockenson, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and running backs Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift, who all play big.

Williams leads the league with six rushing touchdowns, the most by a Lions player in the first four weeks of a season in team history.

The St. Browns missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle but had a record-breaking start with six receptions or more in nine straight games since last season – the longest such streak in team history.

Offensively, the Lions have a ton of firepower, but defensively they fight everywhere.

This must stop. And it starts with subtleties.

“It’s just small details from the coaches, the players, everyone. We just have to make sure we’re on the same page with everything and obviously stop on third downs. I think third downs were critical. We didn’t win many third downs today. We just need to find a way,” Lions defenseman Amani Oruwarie told Sportzshala following Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, before adding that the pressure on the team is mounting.

“Hell yeah, it’s pressure. It’s always pressure,” he added. “You have to feel the pressure even if we were leading 3-0 or 4-0. The pressure in this league is just in general to get better because the teams are getting better as we speak so we have to find a way. back to the drawing board to find a way to stop.:

Lions linebacker Michael Brokers wants more focus and urgency on knowing what to do in red zone situations and joining forces to understand what hurts a team defensively, which he says begins during pre-game preparation. .

“We have to focus on taking losses, but that comes with desire. You gotta get your guys who want to go there and hit, want to go there and hit, want to go there and not [put] look at the ball, but look at the ball,” Brokers told Sportzshala. a tackle and you see him tense up and he doesn’t have the ball, it’s just a little concentration and stuff like that. It starts with a week of preparation.”

Losing safety to Tracey Walker III this season due to Achilles last week didn’t help matters. But even with poor defensive performance, Campbell and the players say they still have faith in defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.

Campbell told reporters Sunday that he will meet with Glenn this week to discuss how they can fix their mistakes, but the last thing he would like to do is start pointing the blame so early in the season.

“We can’t let anyone tear us apart because as bleak as it is right now, we’re not as far off as it looks,” Campbell said of his team’s improvement in defense. “But until we do something about it, stop talking about it, [it] irrelevant. We can rob ourselves and we can say we’ll get better, but until we actually do it and make a commitment. And we have to train better and [the players] gotta take it on your shoulders, man. They need some responsibility.”