Sunday, October 06, 2013

Thoughts after 1st quarter Lions, Packers

- Ah, there is so separation from the Lions wide receivers without Calvin Johnson out. The Packers' defense has crept a lot closer to the line of scrimmage.
- Holding the Packers to a field goal after a 15-play, 72-yard drive was beyond huge. Certainly, to this point, this game has been anything but the shootout some were expecting.
- A lot of people will be down on Ndamukong Suh for getting a tripping penalty. Maybe it was unnecessary. However, Suh was clearly being held on the play. His frustration is understood. It should have been off-setting infractions.
- Ziggy Ansah is an amazingly instinctive football player. He has an incredible knack for finding the ball for a defensive lineman. It wouldn't be a surprise if he reaches double digits in sacks this season.
- Stretching the field could prove to be nearly impossible today for the Lions without Johnson. But the Packers' secondary doesn't exactly play with a sense of confidence. There should still be some underneath routes open. Ideally, the Lions will get a long catch-and-run play or two today from Reggie Bush.
- Oh boy, this is one of those officiating crews that calls EVERYTHING. Sometimes I wish the NFL would just let these guys play.


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