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Lions-Rams Halftime from the Stands

The Lions have had some drives into Rams territory but have only a flukey safety to show for it. On the defensive side, the Lions have been able to get off the field, and only some special teams trickeration allowed the Rams into the enzone.

Still, its a gloomy bunch here at Ford Field as the Rams go into the locker room leading 10-2. The Boo Birds are in full flight in D-Town.

Stafford looks rusty. His throws longer than 5 yards are not on target, and he has left TE Pettigrew out to dry on two occasions (not that Pett shouldn’t have made a catch on one of them). The running game is decent, but you can see the Rams secondary creeping closer on every series as they lose respect for the deep ball.

As the Lions tried a half-hearted 2 minute drill, the natives got more and more restless calling for Stafford to throw more than 5 yards at a time. The trouble is that on the few times he has so far, he has been off target or the receivers have been unable to reel it in.

When Stafford’s end of half hail mary sailed 15 yards out bounds, the fan reaction was vocal and angry. My reaction is worry and trepidation. Stafford has not been this inaccurate all year, and I wonder if his wounded knee is affecting his throwing motion.
One thing it is certainly affecting is his ability to scramble. I imagine that he may be under orders to check it down, even when he has a running lane for a sure 1st down.

It may be heresy, but if the Lions’ O fails to produce in the 3rd quarter, Schwartz may be better off switching things up at the QB position. Stafford’s value is stretching the field, something he hasn’t been able to do today. Something needs to change, and I hope Coach Schwartz is able to find it.


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