Amidst all the bad things that happened to the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Chicago Bears Trey Flowers Jersey , the one saving grace was their run defense. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for just 36 yards on 18 carries (2.0 YPC). This is a team that ranked seventh in rushing DVOA coming into Week 9 and the Lions completely stopped them.Most credit goes to Damon Harrison Sr., who led the Lions with six solo tackles on the day, including one for a loss. The man has single-handedly transformed the Lions’ run defense efficiency, and it’s nice to finally see the fruits of his labor—even if the rest of the team is falling apart around him.But Harrison didn’t spend post-game Sunday reveling in yet another individual game. In fact, he felt he was part of the problem against the Bears and said so on Twitter.Harrison’s candor isn’t all that uncommon. After a loss, even the players that played well tend to tell the media that they weren’t good enough, and most NFL athletes are harder on themselves than anyone else could ever be. However, this wasn’t some canned response to the media. Harrison Levine Toilolo Jersey White , unprompted, felt the need to repent for his mistakes that, he believes, cost the team dearly. In a locker room that is getting increasingly combative with the media and seems intent on keeping issues quiet, Harrison’s open honesty is a breath of fresh air.And he wasn’t done. A Lions fan reached out to Harrison to point out that he’s been a joy to watch in Detroit, but “Snacks” insisted he needs to be better and was even very specific about what he did wrong:I’m not the kind of fan that needs to hear players or coaches “take responsibility” for their poor play. Those fans almost seem to be asking for an apology, when it’s obvious these guys’ careers are on the line, and they have much more at stake than the fans. An apology won’t make them play better and taking responsibility only creates a perception that they’re working to get better. They need to put in the actual work. Talk is cheap. But what I do appreciate from Harrison here is the amount of transparency he’s willing to give. He’s not only telling us he didn’t play up to his own standards http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-devon-kennard-jersey , but he’s showing us. Too often, former players and coaches patronize fans for not knowing what they’re talking about because they’ve never played the game, instead of using the opportunity to teach. Here, Harrison offers information and makes the fanbase better by helping us understand what went wrong on those plays and what his responsibilities were. It’s moments like these that make you appreciate a good player even more. Here’s hoping Harrison remains this impressive on the field and this honest off it. Some quick thoughts on the upcoming season’s schedule."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions SchedulesDetroit Lions OpinionDetroit Lions 2019 schedule release: 4 quick thoughtsNew,44commentsSome quick thoughts on the upcoming season’s schedule.EDTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Lions 2019 schedule release: 4 quick thoughtsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Lions 2019 schedule was released Wednesday night and of course your favorite writer had some thoughts. Here are a few instant reactions to the Lions 2019 schedule reveal:Matchups with the Packers get the spotlightBoth of Detroit’s matchups with the Green Bay Packers earned prime spots on their schedules, as the NFL shows that they still see some potential in the rivalry even after both teams had dismal 2018 seasons. Their Week 5 matchup at Lambeau Field will be on “Monday Night Football” and close out a week of NFL action. They will meet once again at Ford Field in the all-important Week 17. If both teams live up to expectations this season, then that game has potential to decide the fate of the NFC North or even serve as some sort of playoff preview. Both contests may end up as games that the entire league has an eye on, and these two matchups can help breathe life into a rivalry that had a quiet 2018.The NFL can not get enough of the Bears on Thanksgiving For the second consecutive season http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-calvin-johnson-jersey , the opponent in the Lions annual Thanksgiving matchup will be the Chicago Bears. It makes sense, though. Chicago is one of the bigger markets in the league, and a defense that features Khalil Mack and the Bears devastating pass rush is sure to bring in some eyes. It does feel a little underwhelming, though. Thanksgiving and Week 17 are two of the most exciting games of the season for Lions fans, but now it seems that both weeks have been locked up with annual matchups rather than a new exciting foe every year. More repeats? Cardinals to start the season againWay back in Week 1 of the 2017 season, then rookie receiver Kenny Golladay announced himself to the league with a two-touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals in a Lions victory. Golladay and the Lions will have a chance to impress once again to start the year, as they have been slotted to face Arizona in Week 1.The Lions and Cardinals have had a quiet rivalry over the years. In 2014, they were the top two teams in the NFC when they met in Week 11. In 2015 Frank Ragnow Jersey White , Matthew Stafford was benched in arguably the worst game of his career as the then winless Lions were bludgeoned at the hands of their opponents. In 2017 and 2018, Detroit came out victorious as both Darius Slay and Zach Zenner shined in the 2018 version of the match up.Arizona also has the first overall pick in the 2019 draft. Rumors say they have interest in Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and are expected to take the Heisman trophy winner at No. 1. The quarterback’s first NFL action may come against what is shaping up to be a great Lions defense. Rough start to the seasonAfter the Cardinals in Week 1, the Lions schedule significantly ramps up in difficulty. While we do not yet know how good each team will be in 2019, we can make a few educated guesses, and those guesses tell us Detroit may have another rough start to the year. Starting in Week 2, Detroit will be matched up against three straight 2018 playoff teams in the Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. Then after a bye week, they head to Lambeau Field to face the Packers Devon Kennard Jersey White , before heading back to Ford Field to take on a tough Minnesota Vikings team that was a half-game out of the playoffs last year. The second half of the schedule sees things tone down a bit, but do not be totally surprised if we are already looking towards the 2020 draft in early November.