Black and Blue all over: A tough one to sit through

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There were at least 8,000 empty seats Sunday at Ford Field, and no one in a 75-mile radius from Detroit saw the Lions' 25-17 loss to Washington on television. Sounds like a few of the local journalists were jealous.

Rob Parker of the Detroit News called the Lions "clueless" and added:

The Lions (0-7) want you to believe they are so close to turning the corner and making the play that will turn them from card-carrying losers to winners overnight. Bad teams almost make plays all the time. And losing a close game means nothing, either. Most games in this league are decided by six points or fewer. That's why you can't honestly look at the Lions' 25-17 loss to the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon and take it as progress. It's simply another day at the office for the Lions. There just weren't as many witnesses to this crime of a pro football team.

Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press sounded tired of hearing that the Lions practice so well during the week but are unable to translate it to game day. Albom's reaction:

Maybe they should sell tickets to practice.

Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News wants the Lions to switch over to quarterback Drew Stanton. Why? To find "something worth grabbing onto." He added:

You likely didn't see the game because of the TV blackout. But trust me, you've seen it before. You've seen the penalties and the mental mistakes and the ridiculous talent deficiencies. You've seen the Lions get closer, only to show how much farther they have to go. The Lions aren't quitting, aren't griping and aren't completely collapsing these days. Bravo.

Continuing around the NFC North as all four teams resume practice this week:

  • The agent for Minnesota defensive tackle Pat Williams said he is investigating a Fox Sports report that his client tested positive for a diuretic and faces an NFL suspension. Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune review the situation.

  • Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards needs only 23 more sacks to make good on his preseason promise to break Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 sacks in a season. Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press catches up to Edwards.

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times wonders what the Bears will do with rookie left tackle Chris Williams, the first-round draft pick who has recovered from back surgery and seems ready to play. Williams could be in uniform next weekend against Detroit.

  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offers some reasons why the Packers will be better in the second half. Among them: Receiver James Jones (knee) is expected to be able to contribute more consistently.