Detroit Loses 27-10, keep it close before giving up 10 in the 4th to drop a record 31 out of the past 33 games.
Once again the Lions play good enough to stay in the game, then collapse in the 4th and lose. That's the difference between bad teams, and great teams, the great teams win the close games.
Let the Colts be your latest example, last night they were down 17 in the 4th quarter to the Patriots, not the Browns, not the Redskins or Falcons, they were down 17 to the Patriots. In case you were buried in a ditch all day you would know the Colts came back and got the win. Down 3 scores to a good team like the Patriots, and still figure out a way to win.
Sure, you could point out the run game, and its lack of explosiveness, or the receivers, with their drops, or even the young defense that can't get the stops. Nothing tells you more about a team then how they respond in close games.
Detroit has been in close games all year, and blow outs, but the close ones tell the story. In five of Detroit's losses this season, they were down a touchdown or less entering the 4th Quarter, and couldn't pull it off.
From a players point of view, that has to be so frustrating. From the fans point of view, who pay money to see these games, buy jerseys, pray to the gods for wins, read all the stories and blogs, and love their teams, this has to be infuriating.
Sunday the Lions went into the 4th Quarter down by one touchdown, and lost it.
The defense is young and beat up, and frankly, playing above their heads, but they couldn't make a play in the 4th.
Adrian Peterson ran for 133 yards and 2 scores, everytime the Lions would drop another guy in the box to stop the run, Favre would go deep to Sidney Rice, who went over 200 receiving yards for the first time in his career.
“We came in with our first goal, which was to stop Adrian Peterson, but with Favre landing bombs like he did it was kind of hard,” linebacker DeAndre Levy(notes) said. “It throws off everyone, from the D-line to the cornerbacks.”
Stafford played ok, but he threw the ball 51 times. That's way too many times for any Quarterback, let alone a rookie. The amazing thing is in those 51 attempts, he didn't throw an interception, only the 2nd time in 7 games he's accomplished that feat.
Calvin Johnson was the beneficiary of most those attempts, catching 8 balls for 84 yards. But, where was the big play that we have been accustomed to seeing with Megatron? Last season the kid had 12 touchdowns. He has 1 this year, and I know he missed 2 games, but c'mon, this guy is elite. Jim Schwartz needs to find a way to put Johnson in position to make a big play.
Maybe I'm wrong but I put the lack of big plays on the coaches. I mean, Kevin Smiths long run of the game was 14 yards, and he has one for over 20 yards. Chris Johnson of the Titans has 2 or 3 every game, and that's all that team does is run it, and the defense knows it.
I'm not saying Kevin Smith is in Chris Johnson's league, but he had a great rookie year, and is better than what we've seen this season.
The final score was 27-10, but the Lions were in this one until the 4th quarter.
Brett Favre was spectacular again, I mean, what can I say, the geyser is doing it every week now, can't really be surprised about it, and I'm done kissing Favre butt this year so I'll reserve that for some other writer. But if you are wondering he went 20 for 29 and 344 yards and 1 touchdown.
That can be summed up in one word. Efficient.
Or the complete opposite of what the Lions were on Sunday.
Games like this are so much harder on the fans. You almost wish you were blown out, with a blow out at least all hope is removed early and the let down isn't as severe.
It's like when a hot girl returns your call after you left a message asking her on a date only to tel you that she will be washing her hair. What? Why did she even call? To get my hopes up when I see her number on the caller ID only to have that same hope smashed to bits by the thought of Herbal Essences getting more action than you tonight.
Yeah, I've been burned before. Like the Lions Secondary on Sunday…….burned to a crisp.
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Written by Danny Shapiro
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