Tim: As much as I’d like to say yes, I think we’re going to see Stafford’s luck start to wane a bit. Last week he threw one off a defender’s back that Tate ended up catching. That throw Roberts caught on the final drive was also an unexpected surprise. If that pass gets tipped off Roberts’ fingers or the one off the defender’s back bounces another way, we could be talking about a costly interception rather than a fourth-quarter comeback. I’m probably just being a typical pessimistic Lions fan, though, because he has made some amazing throws in the last few weeks, too.
Dalton: Is JJ Watt’s career over? No one come out of back surgery and said I feel like I could play in the NFL.
Tim: You need to tweet this question to JJ Watt. The barrage of “#Grit,” “#RiseAndGrind,” “#BusinessTrip” and “#DayAtTheOffice” tweets directed toward you as he posts videos on Twitter of him jumping on boxes and slamming medicine balls would be great exposure for your writing and general exploits. I can’t see his career being over. That seems way too premature. I definitely don’t expect him to be the same, though.
Dalton: If Slay is out, how much worse will this defense be?
Tim: Can it get much worse? I don’t understand how the Lions aren’t giving up 40 a week. I feel like I watch team after team just march down the field on them. Not having our best defensive back isn’t going to make that any better.
Dalton:Did you watch the annual Thursday night Jags v Titans?
Tim: Hell no.
Tim: You said that you thought the Lions would be 4-4 at the midseason mark, but then they went out and won last week. Still sticking with 4-4 or are you thinking they’ll get to 5-3 this week?
Dalton: I think 5-3 now. I didnt expect the Lions to beat the Redskins. I thought the streak of Stafford comebacks were over but, in Stafford fashion, he proved me wrong. I’m not sure what the Texans are good at. Without JJ their defense is average and the Brocketship experiment has been a disaster of Challenger proportions.
Tim: Who’s going to be an X-factor for the Lions this week? (You can’t say Matthew Stafford)
Dalton: Taking away Stafford makes it tough, but given the Darius Slay injury, I have to say Nevin Lawson has to step up big and shut down Deandre Hopkins. I am a noted Lawson hater, but its time for him to step up this week and earn my respect. Like that means anything.
Tim: Are my eyes deceiving me or are the Lions just awful on defense? Why are they so bad, if they are in fact, as bad as they look to me?
Dalton: I think that they aren’t as bad as what most people say they are. When they have been bad, they ended making clutch plays and when they have been good they couldnt get the key stop. The Lions defense has not been money but Matt Stafford has, and so far he has bailed out the defense more than the Federal Government bailed out the big banks.
Tim: Which player do you fear the most on Houston without Watt?
Dalton: None, I mess with Texas. Put it on the front page.
Brock Osweiler sucks and Deandre Hopkins has a Dez Bryant meltdown because of Osweiler’s suckitude. Lions win 20-13.
Matt Stafford doesnt have to make a heroic comeback in his home state but the defense will have to make an Alamo like stand. Lions win 24-17.