Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thoughts after 1st quarter Lions, Redskins

- What a horrible start for the Lions. A sack. A sputtering drive. A pick 6. Everything the Lions didn't need to start this game happened. Brutal. But the Lions did a nice job of responding to the adversity with a long scoring drive. It was a good work by backup running back Joique Bell. The kid is a player and taking full advantage of his opportunity with Reggie Bush out.
- Honestly, the Redskins' secondary is one of the worst I've seen in the NFL in awhile. It's a lot like the Lions has been late in seasons while injury depleted. But the Redskins' don't have that excuse.
- I don't know exactly where the fault lies on the interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Calvin Johnson did have inside position and it appeared Stafford led Johnson too much with the pass But it also appeared Johnson was held up on the route and stopped running full bore. Either way, it was a terrible play. It was a turnaround for Hall, who was burned on that inside slant continually by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last Sunday.
- It's a smart move by the Lions to not play Bush today. It's early in the season and wise to let Bush heal rather than risk further injury. Bell is a serviceable backup, and proving it today with some powerful runs. It will be interesting to see what Theo Riddick can do. Although he lacks Bush's pure speed, he is an elusive open field runner.
- Robert Griffin III can claim he is running as well as usual all he wants. He clearly isn't, and it makes the Redskins much easier to defense.
- Ziggy Ansah has excellent closing speed for a defensive lineman. He is not only an excellent pass rusher, but he does close quickly pursuing from behind, which is rare for his position.
- The Lions' punt return unit is an obvious weakness. The blocking is poor and Michael Spurlock doesn't seem to have the extra gear ideal for a returner. Wonder what Riddick could do as a returner.


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