The Detroit Lions suffered another self-inflicted loss Thursday and committed 10 penalties in a 16-14 Thanksgiving defeat to the Chicago Bears.
After the game, Lions quarterback Jared Goff took a problem with the amount of team penalties assessed against the Lions.
“The false start is entirely on us,” Goff said. “It can not happen, but you can call to hold on to every single game. It’s no excuse. We’ve done it too much and I know those guys are tough on themselves in front, but behind they can throw that flag. every time. To me it seemed like it was a little too often on that call. “
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The Lions were marked for offensive teams six times Thursday, and twice they were penalized in three consecutive games.
Leading 7-3 and in field goal territory in the second quarter, TJ Hockenson was marked for a false start on the first-and-10 from Chicago’s 29-yard line. Center Evan Brown was called up to hold on to the next game, and Jamaal Williams followed up with a false start, leaving the Lions with a first-and-30 from Chicago 49.
Goff threw for a short win for Williams at the next game, Williams was stopped for a 6-yard loss on a swing pass on the second down, and after a short run on the third-and-32, the Lions knocked the ball away.
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The Bears scored two games later to take a 10-7 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Evan Brown was marked for a false start on second-and-7 from the Lions’ 47-yard line. Tommy Kraemer, who started his first career on the right guard in place of Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Taylor Decker pulled team penalties on the next two games, and the Lions hit on fourth and 25, never to see the ball again.
The Bears ran the final 8 minutes, 30 seconds off the clock, kicking the battle-winning field goal as time ran out.
Goff said the Lions put themselves in bad positions with false starts, but said that “the frequency of (the waiting calls) I do not think is reasonable.”
The Bears (4-7) were marked twice for offensive holding and pulled a third team penalty on special teams.
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“I can not say I have been a part of it, but they called them and that’s what matters,” Decker said. “They called it on both teams, both sides of the ball. It’s just what it is. If they interpret it a certain way, and they call it just like we kept. That’s what it is. It killed us, it was a killer. “
Decker and Kraemer pulled two team penalties each, while Brown and Penei Sewell each had one.
“It’s a concern because those things are what make you hit,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “So it’s something we should definitely continue to tackle because we will not be able to overcome some of these things if we do not. I’m not worried. It certainly aggravates me and frustrates me. , but I’m not worried about that, ‘Oh no, what are you doing?’ We train them and we have to get them better, and we will. “
Campbell said he was pleased with Goff’s play on Thursday when he returned from a strained slant.
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Goff completed 21 of 25 passes on 171 yards. He completed 12 straight passes to start the game and connected on touchdowns at 39 and 17 yards to Josh Reynolds and TJ Hockenson.
“He made some good throws,” Campbell said. “The first drive you came out and he hit the deep there to Reynolds, it was good. He did some good stuff. Made some throws.”
Goff said he felt “discomfort at times” on his part, “but nothing significant.”
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