Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert It's nice that the Lions can be plucky and all, but they're going to have to figure out a way to stop getting blown out of games in the first quarter.
Houston led 14-0 when the first quarter ended Sunday and it was 21-3 with two minutes, 47 seconds gone in the second quarter. Sure, the Lions made it a one-score game in the fourth quarter. But they spent too much energy coming back and ultimately allowed the Texans to run off all but 10 seconds of the final 4:17.
By my count, the Lions have been outscored 54-0 in the first quarter this season. Before the end of the first half, they've been down by scores of 21-0 twice. There's been a 21-7 in there and a 17-0 mixed in for good measure.
There's lots of ways to look at why a team starts slow. Some are slow to make adjustments. Others have poor game plans. In the Lions' case, it seems a direct result of having a substandard team.