Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thoughts after 3 quarters Lions, Chargers

- The Lions have proven they can play from behind. How about with a lead? It was difficult to watch how the third quarter played out without thinking about the Minnesota game. Suffice to say Phillip Rivers is far more dangerous than Joe Webb.

- The first offensive series of the third quarter was not a good one for the Lions. They needed to not act like they were playing with the lead, but to rather, to use a cliche, "put the pedal to the metal." They didn't. A quick touchdown by the Chargers, an onside kick - all of a sudden a rout is a tight game with momentum shifted.
The Chargers are a desperate team. There is no tomorrow for them, or head coach Norv Turner in San Diego, if they don't win this game. It shouldn't have been a surprise they played like it to start the second half.

- First down running plays are a waste for the Lions at this stage. They need to put the ball in the hands of Matthew Stafford and let him either win or lose this game. Even with a lead that is true. That much is evident about this team. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. The only way running plays are going to work for the Lions is if they are unanticipated.

- Cool happening late in the third quarter: A return of The Wave. Come to think of it, I haven't seen it for awhile at any local venue.


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