The Lions were facing an opponent this week that on paper, appeared pretty evenly matched. Both teams are having mediocre seasons so far. Each team has playoff aspirations. Each team has had impressive wins but also had some not so impressive losses. They also had the same record going into this game. In order for the Lions to keep their playoff hopes alive, winning this game was paramount.
Yesterday was a day to give thanks. While I was (and still am) very thankful for plenty of things, the way the Detroit Lions played yesterday, wasn’t one of them. The Lions played their division rival Minnesota Vikings. The last few Thanksgivings the Lions had some pretty impressive victories, including last year against the Vikings as well.
Week 9 found the Lions in Green Bay. In the past 25 years or so, the Lions really haven’t fared well there. Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have pretty much had the Lions number. Well, this time it was a little different.
Rodgers went out week 6 with a collarbone injury and has the potential to be out the rest of the year. That means the Lions had a chance. They would have to handle their business though. Handle it they did. The Lions came into Lambeau, took the lead 7-0 in the first and never looked back. And you know what else? The Lions never had to punt. When was the last time that happened? It was 1971, in case you were curious.
The sad thing is, this tweet pretty much sums up this game for the Lions. After coming off the bye week and the Lions getting healthy, it was thought that the Lions could give this Pittsburgh Steeler team a run for its money, and actually win. This team had been trending up, despite losing a close one to the Panthers, and trying to complete the comeback against the Saints. Welllll….not so much.
The Lions went 0-5 in the red zone last night, and as the tweet said, zero touchdowns. Lets be honest. You are literally going nowhere in this league if you’re not scoring touchdowns. Not sure if the Lions got that memo or not. After getting down to the 1 yard line early in the 3rd quarter with Pittsburgh ahead 13-12, the Lions went for it on 4th down, and came away without points.
Coming off of a loss at home to the Carolina Panthers, the Lions get to travel to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Saints. I decided to chat with an old friend, Greg Barber. Greg is a huge Saints fan. We’ve had him on our podcasts and webcasts before, and it’s always fun getting to talk to Greg! Then at the end, he switched it up and asked me some questions! Continue reading “Previewing Lions vs Saints”→
The Detroit Lions had come off of a great victory over their division rival, Minnesota Vikings and were feeling pretty good about themselves. But so were the Panthers, who defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 4.
In a week full of distraction for the Panthers, the Lions were thinking they had them right where they wanted them. In Ford Field, with a healthy rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis back from a concussion. He was missed these last two games.
The Panthers, one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, had 11 penalties for 100 yards, and most of them happened in the first quarter. The Lions were able to capitalize and went ahead 10-3. But Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton remembered he was Cam Newton and the Panthers then scored 17 unanswered points. However, the Lions weren’t all the way done.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 100th consecutive start was at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota to take on division rival Vikings. The road historically hasn’t been great for the Lions, and the Vikings were coming off of a big Week 3 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To win, the Lions would have to slow down rookie running back Dalvin Cook and stop wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, especially after the team got late word that rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis was going to be out due to a concussion.
Despite the tall order the Lions stood firm. Going into the game it was thought that it was going to be an offensive show down. However it turned into a defensive struggle and the Lions were able to shut down the high powered Vikings offense. The Vikings had three turn overs, including one that sealed the win for the Lions thanks to safety Glover Quin batting the ball out of wide receiver Adam Thielen‘s hands.
This week, the road to Super Bowl 52 brought the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons to Detroit. This was going to be a great showing of how the 2-0 Lions would match up to some of the best talent in the division. At first, the game almost looked like Atlanta was going to run away with it, but safety Glover Quin got the Lions back in the game with a quick pick six of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. It looked like quarterback Matthew Stafford was up to his usual 4th quarter come back antics, however a crazy, arbitrary rule kept wide receiver Golden Tate from scoring a last second touchdown. The Falcons came away with the win, and handed the Lions a heartbreaking loss.
King Of The Pride: Safety Glover Quin. Quin’s pick six pretty much kept the game from getting out of hand and gave life to the crowd at Ford Field. It appeared that he came out of nowhere to intercept Ryan. Honorable mentions go to kicker Matt Prater and corner back Darius Slay. Prater was perfect on his field goals including two from over 50 yards away. Slay was able to pick off Matt Ryan twice in the game. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Matt Ryan had previously gone 309 passes without an interception, but had 3 today. Continue reading “The Pride Report: Week 3”→
For this edition of #PrideReport, I decided to try something new. Can’t say that it will happen every game, but I figured I’d try it out and see how you liked it. Hit me up and let me know what you think!
Aaron Freeman (@Falcfans) who is the host of Locked on Falcons Podcast and co-host of the @FalconsPFC podcast, was nice enough to chat with me, and let me ask him some questions about Sunday’s game against the Falcons. It is early, but at the same time, it’s a pretty good test for the Lions to see if they really are who we think they can be!
Me: What one thing do you think the Falcons have to do to get a win??
Aaron: Stick with their identity. Which is being aggressive on both sides of the ball. They have an explosive offense that thrives off pushing the ball down the field with play-action passing. And their defense is as fast and athletic as they come in the NFL, so not being afraid to get physical at the line of scrimmage with the Lions wide recievers and also mixing in a healthy dose of blitzes to help offset the absence of [linebacker] Vic Beasley are good ways to continue that aggression on defense.
Me: Yeah, good ol [Falcon’s Head Coach Dan Quinn] DQ is really turning your defense into a machine out there. The Lions defense really came around Monday night against the Giants. We know that the Falcons are a little but better, but…Do you see the Lions defense taking [quarterback] Matt Ryan off his game and maybe losing some of that identity???
Aaron: It’s possible given some of the question marks the Falcons have on the right side of their O-line. [Right tackle] Ryan Schraeder might miss the game with a concussion and the Falcons already were trying to overcome new starting [right guard] Wes Schweitzer after a rough performance in Wk 1 vs. the Bears. If Schraeder misses the game, his replacement (either right tackle Ty Sambrailo or right tackle Austin Pasztor) could cause the right side of the OL to be an area where the Lions choose to exploit with stunts and blitzes to catch the two least experienced starters on the team unaware, pressure Ryan and slow down this Falcons offense.