Detroit. A team that just got shellacked 48-17 by the newly minted QB Sam Darnold of the New York Jets. He of USC fame and fortune. Detroit was an above .500 team last year led by Matthew Stafford. He was his usual good to decent self with 4400 yards, 29 TDs and 10 picks and a 99.3 QBR. Solid across the board. Their problem was their defense. They had a lot of losses of the 52-38 and 44-20 variety.
Stafford came out for the 2018 season by throwing 4 picks amid the slaughter at home. The Jets didn’t roll an enormous amount of yards up on them, but they didn’t have to what with the 5 turnovers (hot tub Matt Cassel chipped in with a late pick as well) and their 20 yard drives, but Darnold threw for 198 with 2 TDs and Isaiah Crowell (?) ran for 102 and a couple scores of his own.
I don’t really know what Detroit’s offseason consisted of, other than the hooraw around new head coach Matt Patricia, and I don’t really care, but this is a game that we have to win. Home opener, high expectations, our own newly minted savior quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, the time is nigh to put together a game to show the fans this team is ready.
Jimmy G had his own baffling day last week, but it came against a Super Bowl favorite and the drops, yadda yadda yada. He can assure the fans he’s worth the coin delivered to him by the truckload by putting together a strong effort. Then again, we have to stop dropping the ball. Goodwin will likely be a game time decision, and he’s not gonna be full speed as it is, so Dante Pettis, who looked a little starry-eyed early but settled in nicely, needs to get his separation and catch some big passes. And fucking Albert Morris can’t fumble twice on the 1!!!