Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thoughts after 3 quarters, Lions, Raiders

- Big turnover by Justin Durant. Could be the turning point of the game. And that was a made play by the defense.

- I thought Lions coach Jim Schwartz made the right call going for it on fourth down late in the third quarter. If there is such a thing as four-down territory in the NFL, that was it. The play call? I'm not so sure. Seemed too obvious what the Lions were going to do.

- There is so much at stake in the final quarter of this game. If the Lions win today, they are essentially in the playoffs. A two-game lead with three to go. The Lions have been a much better final-quarter team than the Raiders this season. We'll see if that holds true today. It is, without a doubt, the most important quarter of football the Lions have played since 2000 against the Bears at the Silverdome.

- Alphonso Smith has always been a talented player. Now he's a good one. He is much more solid than he was last season when his performance was all over the place.

- The Chris Harris injury is a big concern. The Lions are paper thin at safety. It not only puts John Wendling on the field from scrimmage, which isn't ideal, but he is the Lions' top special teams player. Makes him less fresh for that duty.

- Is it just me, or have there been way more offensive pass interference calls this season than ever? It has become farcical.


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