Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thoughts after 3 quarters, Lions, Vikings

- Finally, the Lions got a big play offensively. Those bemoaning Calvin Johnson's lack of production this season are misguided. Yes, he should have more touchdown passes, and is banged up, but he is still very productive despite double teams. He has gone over 100 yards in five of the Lions' first first nine games this season, and had 94 in another.
- The Lions pass rush needs to be better. Even Christian Ponder will pick apart a defense if he is given enough time. If Cliff Avril remains out of this game, the Lions will miss him. Both he and Ndamukong Suh have applied pressure.That's the bad news. The good news: The Lions red zone defense has been stellar and it is the only reason they are in this game.
- The type of hit Johnson took from Vikings' Harrison Smith on the long pass that set up the Lions first touchdown is the type the league needs to look at to protect receivers. Johnson was in a defenseless spot. Smith's helmet was lowered. It was delivered at or near the head. Johnson was shaken up after the play.
- It's difficult to watch the Vikings and not be impressed with tight end Kyle Rudolph. He is an excellent player.


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