Monday, October 22, 2012

Thoughts halftime, Lions, Bears

- It seemed like Bears linebacker Lance Briggs wanted the ball more than Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, didn't it? And it kind of summed up the first half. The Lions are extremely fortunate to be down just 10-0. Their first-half ineptitude offensively is stunning given their weapons.
- That was a big-time play and clean smack down by Ndamukong Suh on Bears' QB Jay Cutler. His off-the-field incidents have become annoying, but Suh is having a very good season. He has 3.5 sacks in 5 1-2 games and has made his share of plays. He nearly blocked a field goal in the first half, too.
- Dropped passes continue plague the Lions. The usual suspects are Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew. Tonight, though, it was the most unexpected source: Calvin Johnson. His drop on the Lions' first possession was a terrible mistake. It set the tone for nearly the entire half. That would have been a huge play. Instead, it was a killer. Nate Burleson dropped a first-down pass in the half. too. There is no excuse for it.
- There was a reason Alphonso Smith was cut. We are seeing why tonight. I doubt anybody in this town is surprised. The Lions made a fundamental mistake as an organization by not doing more to augment their secondary during the off season.
- Other than a long romp by Matt Forte, the Lions defense has been good against the run has been solid, but it has been negated their inability to get off the field on third down. The most costly play was when they had the Bears pinned against their own goal line, and Cutler hit Brandon Marshall with a first down pass, which took Chicago out of trouble. The Bears didn't score on that drive, but they picked up a lot of yardage in field position, despite the blocked field goal by the Lions. It should have been a quick turnaround and points for the Lions.
- Lions' linebacker DeAndre Levy is having one of his best games. He is not only making tackles, but leaving his imprint with hard hits.


Blogger Laverty said...

Thanks for the update Pat. On the NLCS now. Sad to hear about Brandon and Titus' struggles. And Megatron?

10:13 PM 

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