So when you get into the second quarter of an NFL football season and a team sits 0-5 is it time for that team to panic or is there enough time for a resurrection?
The team that is 0-5 is the Detroit Lions and there are a lot of people panicking from the Detroit media to the team’s front office.
The Lions are not new to the zero win club. They were 0-16 in 2008.
The Lions were done in by six turnovers. QB Matthew Stafford was benched after throwing three interceptions. Things didn’t start bad for him. In fact, he started the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick that gave the Lions a 7-0 lead after their defense also started well and didn’t permit the Cardinals a score or a first down thanks to two turnovers in the first quarter.
Dan Orlovsky replaced Stafford. The last time he threw a pass in a regular season game was 2012. Lions fans remember him most for running out of the back of the end zone when rolling out to pass resulting in a safety during a loss to the Minnesota Vikings during that infamous year of 2008.
After the Lions lost every game of the 2008 season they had the first selection in the first round in the NFL draft and picked Stafford. At the time, he was finishing up at Georgia and there were concerns about his throwing accuracy when the Lions pulled the trigger and drafted him. Those concerns now appear to be prophetic. Stafford’s throws in this game were well short of receivers and he missed wide-open targets.
He finished with 20 completions on 32 attempts for 188 yards and Orlovsky completed 21 passes on 38 attempts for 191 yards a touchdown and an interception. The performance of the two got them into the NFL record book as they combined for 70 pass attempts in a regulation game. The new mark supplanted Vinny Testaverde’s 69 pass attempts when he played with the New York Jets in a 2000 loss to Baltimore.
Meanwhile, Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and completed 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns –- a 14 yarder to Darren Fells, an 18-yarder to John Brown, and a 2-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald.
One interesting coincidence in the game was Cardinals’ defensive end Cory Redding, who was a member of the Lions’ roster during that infamous year. He contributed an interception that he almost ran in for a score.
Another coincidence was that Orlovsky and Drew Stanton played on the 0-16 Lions team and both players were on the field as this game ended. Orlovsky played in relief of Stafford and Stanton finished up for Carson Palmer. Palmer completed 11 passes on 14 attempts for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cardinals picked off Stafford early in the second quarter, which resulted in their second touchdown; a fumble recovery later in that quarter led to the Cardinals’ fourth touchdown and Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson intercepted a Stafford pass that led to the Cardinals’ fifth TD.
Lions’ running back Ameer Abdullah was also benched after fumbling the ball twice.
Going back to last season the Lions have lost their last seven games. CARDINALS 42 LIONS 17
For Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers a day in which he completed 19 passes on 30 attempts for 241 yards and two touchdowns is considered mediocre at best because he was also picked twice and fumbled once. He got help from the Packers’ defense as they beat the St. Louis Rams. It was the first time Rodgers committed three turnovers since week nine of a 2009 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rams’ quarterback Nick Foles threw four interceptions, two to rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins, who returned one 45-yards for a score. The second pick sealed the win. Two of the four interceptions occurred inside the Packers’ 10-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Rams’ rookie running back Todd Gurley had a good game rushing for 159 yards on 30 carries. The Packers’ defense had held opposing starting running backs to an average of only 36 yards on 11 carries the previous three games.
Packers’ receiver James Jones contributed a 65-yard touchdown catch, which was the longest play of the season so far for the Pack. PACKERS 24 RAMS 10
The Kansas City Chiefs lost more than a football game against the Chicago Bears. They lost their star running back Jamaal Charles to a possible season-ending knee injury. Charles suffered an ACL injury in his left knee four years ago.
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler was the difference as he led the Bears to a fourth quarter come-from-behind win. And he did it without the help of Bears’ wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, who are out with injuries.
The Chiefs were winning late by 14-points when Cutler threw two touchdown passes, one to Marquess Wilson and the other to Matt Forte, which was the game winner.
It was Cutler’s 46th victory of his career with the Bears, which ties him with Jim McMahon for the most wins by a Bears starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Things appeared to go well for the Chiefs before Charles’ injury. In the third series of the game, Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey sacked Cutler in the end zone. He fumbled the ball and Chiefs’ rookie linebacker Ramik Wilson recovered for the touchdown.
The Chiefs scored again with QB Alex Smith threw a 14-yard pass to DeAnthony Thomas for the score. It was only the second touchdown reception for a Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver since December 2013. Smith finished with 16 completions on 30 attempts for 181 yards. He was sacked three times. So far this season, he has been sacked 22 times.
BEARS 18 CHIEFS 17
NFC NORTH STANDINGS
GREEN BAY PACKERS 5-0
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 2-2
CHICAGO BEARS 2-3
DETROIT LIONS 0-5
NFC NORTH SCHEDULE
CHIEFS @ VIKINGS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
BEARS @ LIONS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
CHARGERS @ PACKERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
Courtesy of For The Win