Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thoughts after 3rd quarter Giants, Lions

- The Giants have a lot of flaws, but they have been OK at protecting Eli Manning this season. It made the safety by Nick Fairley an especially good accomplishment. And it was timely. Perhaps the Lions can finally wake up from their slumber in time to save their season with Pittsburgh giving the Packers all they can handle at Lambeau Field.
- The touchdown drive to start the second half was needed, but the Lions offense is still floundering. It was good to see offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wised up and got the ball in the hands of Jeremy Ross. It's obvious he is a big, fast receiver with playmaking skills.
- I don't care how much football has changed, there comes a time when you need some sort of jumbo package to get a yard or two. It's amazing the Lions never do that, especially considering in goal line situations opposing defenses often crowd two cornerbacks on Calvin Johnson at the line of scrimmage.
- I have never understood the concept of six-yard curl or sitdown routes (not passes thrown to a receiver in stride) at six yards when 10 is needed for a first down. It's a basic fundamental of the game the Lions forgot on third and 10 on their second drive of the half.


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