Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thoughts halftime Vikings, Lions

- Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, wide open in the end zone, dropped a perfect pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Surprised? That is becoming an increasingly bigger problem for the Lions, who are counting on Pettigrew to come into his own this season.
- I know he is a great player, but there is, nonetheless, no excuse for allowing a back to break loose like Adrian Peterson did against the Lions' defense while pinned against his own goal line. It set the tone for a long scoring drive, which resulted in a field goal.
- I'm glad the regular referees are back. Good to see them. But they shouldn't have thrown the flag on Lions' cornerback Bill Bentley for his second pass interference call. It just as easily could have been called on Vikings' receiver Jerome Simpson, from what I could tell from the replay. Better yet, the back judge should have just kept the flag in his pocket.
- There have been both Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch sightings today. Good sign for the Lions.
- The Lions could have taken cornerback Josh Robinson in the second round of this year's NFL Draft. He is the Vikings' nickelback (he was selected early in the third round) and is playing very well. He had an interception vs. the 49ers last week and has made several tackles already today. Robinson, a productive college player at Central Florida, recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine, 4.33. Another rookie, safety Harrison Smith from Notre Dame, is also playing well in Minnesota's secondary. The defensive backfield was a point of emphasis entering the draft for the Vikings and it is paying off.  Maybe the Lions should have thought along the same lines.
- The Lions got a break on the unnecessary roughness penalty involving Robinson on receiver Nate Burleson. It was a rugged tackle, that's all.


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