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Lions Blow Statement Game in Similar Fashion

The Lions are a young and inexperienced team which has been the cause of a lot of the team’s mistakes this season, however the Lions loss falls squarely on the coaching staff and a “seasoned” veteran.  The Lions had a 20-10 lead over the overmatched Jets, but the lead trickled away and the game unravelled after the loss of Matthew Stafford.

The Lions dominated the Jets in every phase of the game until late in the 4th quarter.  Matthew Stafford played brilliantly throwing touchdowns to Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson and then running one in himself.  The defense shut down the Jets running game and had Mark Sanchez and the passing game out of sync.

Earlier in the game the Lions got a second chance in the redzone because of a roughing the kicker penalty on Trevor Pryce.  When Pryce “fell” into Jason Hanson (despite not being pushed) he took out Hanson’s knee and Hanson had to leave the game.  The Lions got an automatic first down and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.  However, Hanson wasn’t able to kick the extra point so Ndamukong Suh attempted the PAT and hit the right upright.  Instead of an 4 point lead the Lions only went up 13-10.

I am curious as to what constitutes a late hit on Matthew Stafford because the Jets were hitting him after the ball was out a lot today.  On one of the blatant late hits, Stafford aggravated his shoulder and it was visibly bothering him for the rest of the game.  With just under seven minutes left in the game Stafford scrambled and re-injured his shoulder as he was tackled.  Drew Stanton came into the game and couldn’t muster a game ending first down in his two drives.

The first major coaching mistake came on the Lions’ final drive of the game.  With the Lions facing third and six with 2:00 left the Lions ran a play action pass that fell incomplete and stopped the clock when the Jets were out of timeouts.  I don’t question the coaches for calling the pass, but I do question why it wasn’t made clear to Stanton that if he couldn’t get a simple completion to make sure he took a sack.  By throwing an incomplete pass, Stanton stopped the clock which prevented the Lions from running 4o seconds off before punting.  Instead of the Jets getting the ball back with 1:40 on the clock, they would have gotten it back with 1:00.

Julian Peterson made the next epic mistake by getting a senseless unnecessary roughness call on Tomlinson and gave the Jets 15 free yards.  Peterson is the most veteran player on the defense and when rookies and second year players were making heads up plays, it is inexcusable that a leader like Peterson makes a stupid play like that.

The Lions had plenty of opportunities to beat the Jets, and in truth the Lions were the better team today.  The Lions just can’t seem to get out of their own way and it cost them a chance to get back into the playoff picture.

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8 Responses to “Lions Blow Statement Game in Similar Fashion”

  1. Gary Andrews says:

    Now we know why you will never be a winner. First and foremost you need offensive lineman to protect your franchise quarterback who constantly gets crushed in the backfield. The offensive guru who destroyed any chances of winning the game with the passing play when the Jets had no timeouts should start looking over his shoulder for he needs to go. Your all-pro linebacker needs to give back his game check to the monies being collected for a new offensive coordinator and new line coach for all three cost the team a victory.

  2. The offensive line had nothing to do with Stafford’s injury, he injured it on a cheap shot by Shaun Ellis earlier in the game then reagrravated it on a scramble.

    The Lions are already significantly better than they were in the past and will be a playoff contender next year. Considering the Lions have been in every game this season and have lost 5 games by less that a TD I’m not sure why you think they won’t be winners, but you are entitled to your opinion no matter how wrong it is.

    The Lions were the better team today, they just made a pair of stupid mistakes that cost them the game.

  3. Tar says:

    Lions blew it – plain and simple. I have been following Detroit since ’88 and have been disappointed every which way and I won’t buy into this whole “things are different this time” thing until I see results. Bottom line is half-way through the season this team has a 2-6 record and I don’t see how this can be viewed s a positive thing. Until this franchise starts getting wins, it will continue to be the same old song and dance of “things are getting better, no they’re not, maybe next year bs”.

  4. I have been a Lions’ fan since ’89 and I live in Wisconsin. So nobody wants to see results more than me. However, last season the Lions were losing by double digits every week, teh year before they didn’t win. The Lions losing 5 of 6 by single digits is progress. The Lions winning 2 of their last 4 is progress.

    It’s unfortunate that the team sunk so far that margin of losses being under double digits is progress, but the team is competitive. They have the talent to hang with anybody in the NFL, they just need another offseason to add the players that will make the difference bewteen wins and losses.

    This isn’t the same wait til next year stuff. There are actual signs of progress. They aren’t ranked dead last in the league in every major category. They have young building block players who are winning awards and gaining national attention. They will send players to the Pro Bowl this season. Just give this front office another offseason and then demand results.

  5. PLAYOFFS!! says:

    lets learn to finish games, and become a .500 team. Only then will the Lions become a playoff contender…plus i’m not buying that Stafford is as tough as the coach says. He’s good for one or two injuries a season it looks like.

  6. I’m not saying I thought the Lions could be a playoff team, but I definitely know the players in the locker room felt like they could be.

    Check out my newest article to get some perspective on Stafford’s injuries.

  7. wolverine says:

    stafford are you going to actually play more than 1 game you are paid millions of dollars and you only finished 1 game this year cut stafford lose. when your on the sideline wipe that smile off your face your killing your team you need to be a qb buddy play the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!for the head coach jim stick up for your team buddy that was an intentional hit on hanson stop congratulating jets for saying their sorry. another crappy thanksgiving dinner this year stafford will be on the sidlines smiling stanton wont know what to do it will be 35 to 3 new england.if other teams are hurting our players then why doesnt someone on the lions step up and do it to the other team?take out their kicker its only a 15 yard penalty grow a pair stafford an get back in the game and throw to calvin more

  8. wolverine says:

    what does stafford do when he is sleeping if he rolls onto his shoulder is he out for another game??????????????grow a pair stafford or make stafford a third string he is killing the lions he finished 1 game this year wipe that smile off your face boy when your on the sidelines watching your team lose .lions are the only team that has never turned the team around maybe we need new owners,new head coach,new qb thanksgiving will be real fun stafford will be on the sideline smiling with hill stanton wont know what to do maybe have suh qb

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