Thoughts after 3 quarters Dolphins, Lions
- Come on. Can't the Lions come up with a better kicker than Matt Prater? My gosh. Three strikes and you're out. That soccer shot by Prater into the middle of Dolphins' line was an epic football moment, and for all the wrong reasons. It's the type of play that not only changes the course of games, but seasons. The Lions are really going to have to fight that moment off today and perhaps the rest of the season if they don't recover today.
- This is by far the best game Ndamukong Suh has played in a long time. He has been very active, and definitely is impacting the game by collapsing the center of the pocket. The Dolphins have struggled running the ball, as well. Suh has been instrumental in that aspect, too.
- The strip by Ziggy Ansah, causing a fumble early in the second half, was another example of how Ansah is more than just an edge pass rusher. He is a solid all-around football player, who is stout at the point of attack and very instinctive defending the run.
- Great first-down reception by Calvin Johnson. Just wondering why Matthew Stafford feels compelled to throw to him in double coverage, and why Golden Tate hasn't been targeted more in this game. Finally they went to Tate on last play of third quarter.
My column. What MSU lacks as national football power exposed by J.T. Barrett and Ohio State: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20141109/pat-caputo-what-msu-lacks-as-national-football-power-exposed-by-jt-barrett-ohio-state
My column. Stafford, Suh, Megatron at the crossroad or disappointment and greatness: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20141108/pat-caputo-stafford-suh-megatron-detroit-lions-at-crossroad-of-greatness-and-disappointment