Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thoughts halftime, Lions, Bears

- This game, like the Lions' season, got dangerously close to being out of hand in a hurry. It's one thing to lose. It's another to get embarrassed. The Lions were on the brink of getting embarrassed until scoring just before halftime.
- A bright spot: The Lions' defense held the Bears to field goals in a couple tight spots, or it would be a Chicago rout.
- Forget Warren Sapp. Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, if he wants to see it, just got a lesson from Bears' defensive lineman Isreal Idonije about how to defeat a double team. He made a great play, forcing a fumble by Lions' QB Matthew Stafford, and setting up the Bears second TD of the game.
- There are few penalties worse than a holding call on a screen pass. Yet, it happened to Lions' guard Stephen Peterman in the second quarter. Ouch.
- An obvious weakness for Stafford is dropping the ball in place vs. zone coverage, over the middle-of-the-field, on intermediate routes,. He missed wide receiver Calvin Johnson on just such a pattern in the second quarter. Johnson was open, too. He missed him while on the run late in the quarter, too. Stafford's ball security has not been good lately, either. There is a definitely room for improvement.


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