Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thoughts halftime, Lions, Seahawks

- That was a great throw by quarterback Matthew Stafford to Titus Young, producing the Lions second touchdown. You still see flashes of brilliance from Stafford this season. It's been his consistency that's been the issue. But that was by far the best first-half of football the Lions' offense has played this season.
- Seahawks' offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has chosen wisely to avoid throwing the ball in the direction of Lions' cornerback Chris Houston, opting intead to go after rookie Jonte Green and nickelback Alphonso Smith. It is probably more out of disrespect for Green and Smith than respect for Houston, though. I have been impressed with the progress Green has made. He was awful one-on-one coverage during the mini-camp and training camp workouts I saw. His improvement has been dramatic. The Lions may be developing a long-term player at cornerback, but there will be growing pains in the process We're seeing a lot of them, including a 41-yard pass interference call today.
- The Seahawks are not playing their safeties nearly as deep as the Bears and Vikings did when they faced the Lions this season. Likely the main reason: The skill of their safeties. Earl Thomas is among the best at the position in the NFL. Kam Chancellor is a solid player, too. But the Lions did burn them deep.
- The Lions' two-minute drill at the end of the first half was disapppointing. Conversely, the Lions let the Seahawks move down the field with ease with less than a minute remaining in the half. The Lions were fortunate Seattle didn't tack on a field goal.
- It's incredible just how good the rookie QBs are in the NFL this season. Seattle's Russell Wilson is among them. Watching this game, you'd never guess he is a rookie. He is very decisive and poised. Wilson did have the best passer rating in the NCAA last season, ahead of even Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and first overall pick Andrew Luck. He does look any less sure of himself in the NFL than he did tearing up the Big Ten at Wisconsin last year.


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