Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thoughts after 1st quarter Bears, Lions

- Terrific play by Lions' safety Louis Delmas on the interception. He was aggressive, but not too aggressive. The Lions are crowding the line of scrimmage and daring the Bears to throw the ball deep. Could be a good thing for the Lions, though, in it could lead to some sacks.
- Jay Cutler throws a beautiful pass with a tight spiral and good velocity. The degree of his ability to throw the football doesn't show up on television as much as it does live.
- Rookie guard Larry Warford has been the Lions' most underrated player this season. He has the makings of a future All Pro. It's not a mistake those holes exist when the Lions run up the middle, where they haven't in the past. He is also an excellent pass protector.
- The Lions are relying a lot on tight end Brandon Pettigrew in this game. He's made the plays, so far. It remains to be seen if that's a good thing in the long run. It does show Pettigrew should have 80 or so catches in this offense per season, if he'd just hold on to the ball. That, obviously, has been a big "if."
- The more touches Joique Bell gets is actually a good thing for Reggie Bush. It reduces the wear and tear on Bush. The Lions, for the first time I can remember, actually have good two-pronged rushing attack.
- Rookie Lions' punter Sam Martin's first punt was not very good. It was a line drive without much hang time. Chicago's Devin Hester got a decent return on it. However, more punts like that, and it's inevitable Hester will take one back to the house. He is simply too gifted to get the  ball in that much space and not do something special because of it. It's also very important Martin drills his kickoffs out of the end zone today, not giving Hester a shot at a return. The Lions' coverage unit did an excellent job on Hester's kickoff return in the first quarter, but he's a big play about to happen every time he touches the ball. Best to reduce the odds.
- The Bears have such a huge edge in this game at returner. Michael Spurlock, at least to this point, has not look threatening at all for the Lions.


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