Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thoughts halftime Lions, Cardinals

- It was too risky a throw by Lions' QB Matthew Stafford out of the end zone, sure, but, still, Cardinals' cornerback Patrick Peterson should have been flagged for holding on Calvin Johnson. It was a brutal non-call. No two ways about it. There was no excuse for the second interception, though. Just a poor read by Stafford, who had a poor first half.
- Just when it looked like the Lions were taking control of this game, there was a muffed punt and momentum was gone. It's been a familiar tale all year. It's always something. Too often that something has been blunders on special teams. It's pretty clear the Lions will looking to upgrade at returner from Stefan Logan. It will also be interesting to see how they react if kickoffs are, indeed, eliminated.
- One of the areas the Lions have improved greatly is running the ball in short yardage situations. A reason Stafford's touchdown passes are down is because the Lions' rushing TDs are up. The Lions' 16 rushing touchdowns this season is their most since Barry Sanders had his 2,000-yard season in 1997. This should be a very good offense. It's a shame it has lacked such consistency this season, and had a propensity for untimely mistakes, particularly penalties and dropped passes. The makings are there for a terrific offense. It was especially true before the Lions' receiving corps were depleted.
- In retrospect, the Lions most impressive victory of the season was when they rallied to beat Seattle. The Seahawks have made the Cardinals and Bills seem like Pop Warner teams the last two weeks.


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