By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
Ravens 44 – Lions 20
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.
Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen. The Ravens jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead and were making the Lions look awful. There were a couple of bright spots. This being the 60+ game without a 100-yard rusher, running back Tion Green who was making his first start at running back, ran for 33 yards on his first carry in the 1st quarter. Lions fans were pretty excited. (This one tweet pretty much sums up Lions Twitter after that carry)
🚨 TION GREEN’S FIRST CARRY LONGER THAN BARRY SANDERS’ 🚨
— The Lions Wire (@thelionswire) December 3, 2017
Aside from scoring on a six-yard touchdown run, Green was pretty much quiet and finished the game with 45 yards rushing.
Despite the slow start, the Lions came alive in the 3rd quarter and were able to score two touchdowns on back to back drives and bring the score to within seven. But that was the closest it would be the rest of the game. The Ravens offense just got going and it was too much for the Lions to handle.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned the ball over after a big hit from linebacker Terrell Suggs who stepped on Stafford’s hand. Stafford ended up leaving the game, and backup quarterback Jake Rudock came in. After getting a 1st down, he then threw a pick six to ice the game for the Ravens. Overall, not a good day for the team, and pretty much ended the playoff hopes for the Lions this year.
King Of The Pride: Hard to say with this one. I’m going to go with Stafford. Even though he had a hard time getting the offense going, this tweet pretty much sums up what he was able to do against this team. And NO run game. He also completed 20 straight passes, which is a new Lions record.
Stafford was 24 of 29 for 292 yards 1 TD and 1 Int against Baltimore’s top rated defense and secondary
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) December 3, 2017
Not King Of The Pride: The usually automatic kicker Matt Prater was off today. He missed a 43-yard field goal in the 1st quarter, and then missed an extra point in the 3rd quarter after Green’s 6-yard touchdown run. Not a good day for him. Hopefully, he will be able to bounce back next week.
Next Up: The Lions head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Again, a game that they should be favored to win, but with this team, you never know. Stafford injured his hand towards the end of the game. His hand isn’t broken, but who knows if it will be 100% next Sunday. The Buccaneers almost beat the Packers today in Green Bay, so it’s sure to be a good one.
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