Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thoughts halftime, Lions, Eagles

 - The Lions should lead this game by at least a touchdown. It's on the offense. It has become increasingly inept as the game has moved on. The last drive of the half was particularly disturbing.
- Wide receiver Titus Young and tight end Brandon Pettigrew are in a neck-and-neck race to be the Lions' MDP (Most Disappointing Player) this season. QB Matthew Stafford made a great, long throw, which could have changed the course of this game. Young dropped it. Unreal. At least Pettigrew has a couple receptions today.
- Safety Louis Delmas has already made two big plays (interception, tackle for loss). The Lions defense has a completely different look with him returned to the lineup. Delmas is not the Lions' best player defensively, but the way their personnel is put together, he is their most important defensive player.
- Stafford's passing remains surprisingly inaccurate. You have to wonder if his hip is bothering him. Between his missed throws and the Lions' drops, it has stymied their once potent offense.The Lions were moving the ball reasonably well early in the half, but their lack of scoring touchdowns is a major issue. They haven't scored a first-half touchdown since the first game of the season vs. the Rams at Ford Field.
- I'm not sure if Joique Bell isn't the Lions' best running back. He is a solid inside runner. He's a slasher, who instinctively picks his way through a crowd and is strong enough to break arm tackles. That's a real skill, one that isn't easy to find. Bell seems to be lacking speed and elusiveness to be a consistently effective runner to the edges. It is probably why he was not drafted out of Wayne State. It doesn't look like it will prevent him from being a good NFL player, though.
- The Eagles' offense has a tremendous amount of talent, but it is also a turnover machine. It's ridiculous.
- The Lions continue to be plagued by way too many penalties and silly mistakes. They are starting too many drives in first-and-long situations.


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