The Detroit Lions played their worst game of the season on both sides of the ball in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and Lions coach Dan Campbell said there's only one person to blame for his team's dismal performance.
"When you step back and you look at a number of performances that were very much subpar, across the board, it’s not coincidence, and so that’s where, man, I did not do as good job of getting them ready. I did not," Campbell said. "And it’d be one thing if there was just a couple of guys here or there, but ultimately, I didn’t have them ready and I’ve got to do a much better job of getting them prepared, which I will this week."
Campbell declared himself "100% responsible" for the lack of detail and physicality the Lions showed in their most lopsided loss since midway through the 2021 season.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson amassed 393 yards of offense and accounted for four touchdowns, three passing, and the Lions went three-and-out on their first three offensive possessions and trailed 28-0 before they picked up their first, first down.
Campbell expressed some regret at his team's practice plan last week, when the Lions held an hourlong walk-through on Wednesday in lieu of a practice.
Though the Lions returned to regular practice on Thursday and Friday, Campbell said his players needed more one-on-one reps at every position and more full-speed work to get ready for Jackson and the Ravens' rushing attack.
The NFL's best run defense entering Sunday, the Lions allowed a season-high 146 yards on the ground and let Jackson extend countless plays with his feet.
"I think that was the right time to back off, but we probably needed to do a little bit more," Campbell said. "We probably should have gone out and done just a little bit of full speed. We threw routes and those things, but just, when you’re playing a physical opponent and you’re playing that style of run game, some of the things they do, the eye candy that they have, you need more full-speed work. And those are some things I look back and I'm like, 'Ah.'"
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The Lions had their first of two straight off days Monday, but have four practices scheduled this week ahead of next week's Monday night game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Campbell said it's imperative he and his team learn from Sunday's loss — "Losing’s bad enough but you better not waste it," he said — and guaranteed the Lions will be more prepared next Monday night.
"We will be ready for this game," Campbell said sternly. "We will be ready. We will physically, emotionally — we will be ready for this game."
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions' Dan Campbell: 'I am 100% responsible for' Ravens loss