The Pride Report: A Chat With The Opposition

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

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.

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The Pride Report: Week 2

by Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

Welcome to the 2017 Season Lions Fans!

After a Jekyll and Hyde start to the Campaign for Super Bowl 52 with another come from behind win for the Lions,  the team took their talents to MetLife Stadium in New York to face the New York Giants.  The Giants were coming off of a loss to their division rival Dallas Cowboys.  Their Diva wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was still dealing with an ankle injury from preseason, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins would be out for the game as well.  Could the League’s highest paid player lead his team to victory in hostile territory?   Well, he did.  quarterback Matthew Stafford showed leadership and wheels.  He got the Lions ahead, and the defense and the rest of the team, did what they needed to do to secure the 24-10 Victory.

King Of The Pride:  While Stafford has done some big things, last night belonged to the defense and defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.  While battling injuries last year, and not having the best first game of the season, the Lions first pick from the 2013 draft had a beast of a night.  He had 6 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble.   Not a bad day!  Honorable mentions goes to rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis and rookie cornerback Jamal Agnew.  Davis had 3 tackles, and 1 sack.  Unfortunately, he had to leave the game with a concussion.   Jamal Agnew had an 88 yard punt return for a touchdown that put the Giants away.  That was the first punt return for a touchdown since Eddie Drummond did it in 2002.  It’s been a long time Lions fans!

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