Who would have thought that the Detroit Lions after 10 games would be sitting at the top of the NFC North Division tied with the Minnesota Vikings at 6-4. The Lions have been in all of their games this season, with all being decided by seven points or less. They have been behind in the fourth quarter of all their games and QB Matthew Stafford has become the new NFL’s version of Captain Comeback. In addition the defense has come up with some big plays down the stretch to preserve victories.
They are doing this with a running game that is virtually non-existent. In Sunday’s game with Jacksonville, the Lions managed fourteen yards rushing. The defense has less than stellar statistics also. They rank near bottom in all defensive categories. I guess the saying “sometimes it’s better to lucky than good” comes into play here. There’s still a lot of football left to be played against some good teams (Minnesota at home and the Cowboys and Giants on the road). Are we talking playoffs yet? We will see!!
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We all new it would come sooner or later regarding Calvin Johnson. The man’s body is beat up or he is just tired of the game and is contemplating retiring from football. I can’t say I blame him if he walks away from the game in one piece. After nine seasons, he’s taken a lot of hits and the body can only take so much. So, I say good luck to him if he’s leaving; you have been a joy to watch.
You have got to be kidding!!! Your best offensive player and he only has one catch for the entire game? The Lions head coach, Jim Caldwell needs to go. This is inexcusable!!! This team is continually ill-prepared week in and week out to compete in the NFL. Well, the “NFL” means “not for long” when you continue to get results like this.
The ball hung in the air, seemingly forever.The perfect throw for the perfect prayer answered.Green Bay got an extra play after the game clock struck 0:00 due to an idiotic Detroit defensive penalty. Aaron Rodgers got one more chance. He escaped the Lions’ defensive pressure, scrambled to his right and catapulted a throw more than 60 yards into a growing scrum in the Lions’ end zone.Inexplicably, the Lions only had safety Glover Quin camped near the goal line.Where was the 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson?
A few weeks ago, the notion that you mention playoffs in the same breath as the Lions was a joke. However, recently the NFC has become sort of mediocre with only two teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals close to clinching division titles. The Lions’ remaining schedule has only one team with a winning record, that being the Green Bay Packers. If the Lions run the table, and that’s a big “if”, they could finish 9-7. That’s a big shift considering they started the season 1-7!