Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thoughts at halftime Lions, Chargers

- Matthew Stafford has had some excellent games this season, but this is potentially his best yet. He is extremely sharp today.

_ Lions need not to turtle in the second half. They must stay agressive. Don't give Phillip Rivers a chance to lead a comeback.

- Stafford has been sacked a couple times, but for the most part, the Lions offensive line has given him an incredible amount of time to throw. He has taken full advantage of it, too.

- Who needs a running game? The Lions clearly setup the run with the pass. It's working out well for them so far.

- Brandon Pettigew is holding onto the football today. If he ever gains consistency catching the ball, considering he is playing in an offense with Calvin Johnson on the outside, he is going to be a Pro Bowler. That remains at this stage a big "if," though. But today is a good day for Pettigrew, who had a monster first half.

- Nate Burleson has 10 rushing attempts this season for 76 yards. Considering his yards per carry, it's almost like 10 more receptions to his total. He is only averaging four more yards per reception than he is per carry. He had a lull in the middle of the season where his production was down, but he has come on lately. Burleson is closing in on 70 receptions this year, and his ability to carry the ball on a reverse is good element for the Lions' offense.


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