Dan Campbell – Lions ‘most likely wanted’ blowout loss to refocus

BALTIMORE — There have been no excuses made as Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell described his group’s 38-6 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

“They kicked our ass,” Campbell said bluntly in defeat.

The Lions’ hiccup at Baltimore was their first highway lack of the season, because the protection allowed essentially the most factors in a sport this season, with MVP-candidate Lamar Jackson serving to the Ravens put up 503 whole yards of offense.

Winners of 4 straight video games, the Lions entered Baltimore tied for the NFL’s finest report via Week 6, however Campbell mentioned “we most likely wanted” the loss as a actuality test to remain on monitor.

“You don’t need these to occur however when it does, it recenters you, it refocuses you. And that is all I do know. I do not need it to occur. No one needs it to occur,” Campbell mentioned. “No one likes to look over there and watch them having a good time as a result of they kicked our ass. No one thinks that is enjoyable, however I do know that motivates me for subsequent week, it motivates our group. You will do any and the whole lot you cannot to have that feeling once more. That is all I imply by that.”

Detroit had a uncommon alternative to start out the season 6-1 or higher for the primary time since 1956 however allowed the Ravens to attain a landing on every of their first 4 drives to dig themselves in a 28-0 gap at halftime that they by no means recovered from.

Jackson dominated the Lions, going 21-for-27 for 357 passing yards, the second most in a single sport in his profession. He additionally completed with three passing touchdowns and a dashing landing.

“Lamar beat us. He hammered us along with his arm. He threw the ball extraordinarily nicely, he ran when he wanted to, and we didn’t deal with it nicely,” Campbell mentioned. “Our power was good, which is loopy if you come out of a sport like that and take a look at the rating … our power was good, however our element and self-discipline, which has been so good during the last 4 or 5 weeks was not adequate, so self-induced.

“That was a mix of a whole lot of various things and identical to we win as a group, we lose as a group. That was a kind of.”

One of many few shiny spots for Detroit was rookie working again Jahmyr Gibbs getting back from a two-game absence due to a hamstring damage to attain his first NFL landing off a 21-yard achieve at 13:59 within the fourth. With out veteran working again David Montgomery (ribs), he carried the majority of the workload with 126 yards from scrimmage — catching 9 receptions for 58 yards whereas dashing 11 occasions for 68 yards.

Nevertheless, Gibbs says the loss to Baltimore exhibits the Lions that “we’re not invincible.”

“I feel it raises the depth within the locker room, figuring out that we’re not invincible,” Gibbs mentioned. “We’re not invincible so all people’s gonna be extra tuned in on their particulars and what they have to do to be extra disciplined.”

The Lions (5-2) will look to bounce again of their “Monday Night time Soccer” sport at Ford Discipline in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 30.

Offensive sort out Taylor Decker described the Baltimore loss as “embarrassing” whereas quarterback Jared Goff, who did not throw a landing move for the primary time this season, known as it “no enjoyable” because the Lions did not execute like they know they’re able to in opposition to the Ravens. Goff shouldered the blame for the loss as he needs to steer his group the fitting manner going ahead primarily based off previous experiences.

“We have been via an entire lot worse than this,” Goff mentioned. “This was a tricky sport, we acquired our butts kicked, however this group has had a whole lot of adversity, and that is type of our first style of getting kicked within the tooth this 12 months and we have to reply the fitting manner.”

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