The Lions did not take advantage of several opportunities to win the opening game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. Leaving Arizona without the victory could prove costly, as the schedule ahead appears challenging.
Who is most to blame for the result in Arizona?
Overall, he's responsible for everything that happens on the field. Conservative play calls on defense, being involved in the timeout confusion and the defense being tired late in the game gave critics more examples of Patricia not having a firm grasp of his head coaching duties.
He was seen making the timeout gesture on the sideline. Has potentially opened up a can of worms that may derail the season. Stafford was visibly upset, saying, "Trust me, trust me," on the sideline after an incomplete third-down pass. Had the timeout not been called, the Lions would have won the game. It begs the question: Do the Lions trust their franchise quarterback to manage the game?
Not his best performance. Struggled mightily throughout the game. Penalties and missed blocks must be corrected. How many more hits can Stafford sustain before an injury occurs?
Damon "Snacks" Harrison
Usually a reliable run stopper. Tweeted after the game that he took responsibility for the loss. Was not available on several defensive plays in the fourth quarter. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray noted the Lions appeared tired late in the game.
His muffed punt resulted in a turnover and points for the Cardinals. Did not perform well in any role on special teams. His kick returning and punt returning must improve, as the season progresses.