Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thoughts after 3rd quarter Cowboys, Lions

- Lake Orion's Jeff Heath has played exceptionally well in his first NFL start. His open-field strip of Reggie Bush during the third quarter was an exceptional play. He caught Calvin Johnson from behind on a long play in the first half. He's made a couple nice tackles in space and been in the right places in pass coverage at strong safety. Heath has also taken his regular shift on special teams. Impressive.
 - This has been a good game displaying the quality of GLIAC football. Brandon Carr from Flint and Grand Valley State is a starting cornerback for the Cowboys (he recovered a Calvin Johnson fumble in the third quarter). Joique Bell from Wayne State has played well at running back for the Lions' this season and last (he had a 22-yard reception in the third quarter). Heath played collegiately at Saginaw Valley State. Says a lot about the quality of Division II football in this state.
- The Lions defense deserves a better fate than this. The unit has played reasonably well for the second straight week.
- As nice a play as it was by Heath, it was also a mistake by Bush. The Lions have been horrible at taking care of the ball today. Other than one big play, this has also been a game Calvin Johnson would likely rather forget so far. Seldom has he displayed such a lack ball security. Two Lions' turnovers today are directly on him. But, as we all know, he is more than capable of making up for it.
- It's a shame Ryan Broyles (Achilles) is hurt again today. Kid just can't get a break. Bill Bentley had a knee injury, which hurts the Lions' secondary. He's done far more good than had bad moments as the Lions' nickel back. The Lions have a better defense with Ziggy Ansah, as well. He's out with an ankle injury. The bye week could be coming at just the right time, in regard to injuries.


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