The Baltimore Ravens sit alone atop the AFC North after one week due to surprising losses by the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cincinnati Bengals loss to the Seattle Seahawks was only surprising in that the game was so very much closer than anyone predicted.
The Ravens looked amazing, but is that because the Miami Dolphins are worse than advertised? And after all the pre-season hype, are the Browns really this bad?
No one was surprised to see the New England Patriots man-handle the Steelers, yet the complete beat-down was unexpected. And quarterback Andy Dalton put up better numbers than Russell Wilson!!!! How did that happen?
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.
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 androokie 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!