Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thoughts after 3rd quarter Tampa Bay, Lions

- The inconsistency of Lions' QB Matthew Stafford is puzzling. He has made some brilliant throws today. The sidearm shot to Calvin Johnson for 21 yards and a first down, which set up an 18-yard scoring pass that was threaded to Brandon Pettigrew, in the third quarter...that's the good part. The bad was the poor decision making on the interception in the end zone. It's amazing, as experienced as Stafford is at this point, he didn't see the safety playing center field and just waiting for him to throw that pass. Also, it was underthrown because he didn't step into the throw. Stafford will end up with a lot of passing yards today, but this is the second week in a row he has lacked consistency. This is the time of the year the Lions' need him to progress, not regress.
- The Lions' pass rush has been much better today. It's not a coincidence so has their defense overall. The two go hand-in-hand with all NFL defenses, but especially this one
- Reggie Bush still has a lot of speed and quickness in the short areas, but he has not been breaking away from the secondary when he gets into space. He's a better player than Jahvid Best was overall. Certainly, he is a better inside runner. But he doesn't have the same breakaway speed at this stage. Of course, it might be the wear and tear of the season. Bush looked like he had that breakaway speed early in the campaign, before he suffered a knee injury.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed on Bush. I'm surprised they haven't gone to Bell more. I get that they can't today because he's hurt, but it seems to me that they should have been mixing in a little more of Bell and a little less of Bush up until this point to try and keep him fresh.

3:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Schwartz better mix old man Ford one helluva Old Fashioned if he has any hope of keeping his job after this multi-million dollar failure of a team again fails to plate the dish!

4:41 PM 

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