The slow-to-start Detroit Lions, would like to see that change tonight when they play the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
If ever there’s a stadium not conducive to comeback wins for the opponent, it’s Soldier Field.
Last year the Lions fell behind early — they were down 20-6 at the half — and never caught up, losing 37-13.
This season they just have not been able to score touchdowns in the first half. The offense moved the ball, then has to settle for field goals.
“We’ve scored, we’ve just been scoring threes, just trying to get sevens on the board that’s obviously important,’’ quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “I’ll take our opening drives just one play here, one play there we get seven instead of three changes some things.
The Lions have scored 73 points in the fourth quarter and 50 in the first three quarters combined. It’s one reason why they are 2-3.
“We’ve had to in the fourth. We’ve been behind and that’s put the pressure on us to have to do it,’’ coach Jim Schwartz said. “We’re trying just as hard in the first quarter. Certainly no design or scheme or anything like that. We have to be efficient all four quarters and it can make a difference for us if we can get a lead and we can hold a lead. But we’ve got to battle for 60 minutes.’’
In Philadelphia last week it was like Stafford found his inner Superman in the fourth quarter.
Ron Jaworski, an ESPN analyst, said that in the first three quarters Stafford looked like he couldn’t hit water if he jumped out of a boat and in the fourth quarter played like Joe Montana.
“Obviously I want to play like Joe Montana all four quarters, just doing whatever it takes to win, that’s what I’m all about,’’ Stafford said.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan certainly is trying to find ways to score touchdowns early.
“Well, we would love to score touchdowns, and we’re trying to. But it takes a while. I’ve watched a lot of football games and I don’t think many of the NFL games are 21-14 at the end of the first or anything like that,’’ Linehan said. “We’ve played some pretty good defenses in these first five games, too, if you really look at the people we’re playing they’re pretty stingy there. So, it’ll come around.’’
All the Lions — coaches and players — know one thing. It doesn’t matter when the points are scored.
“You’re judged just like a 16-game season, you’re judged on all 16 games, you’re judged on all 60 minutes,’’ Schwartz said. “So no matter where you’re scoring them they all count.”
(Paula Pasche will sign copies of her book, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know” from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale.)