Sloppy Offense, Defense still stout
The Detroit Lions are now 3-1 thanks to a 14-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was all defense as neither offense could really get anything going.
The Lions defense though proved once again that they are the real deal, forcing 3 turnovers. It is not a question now, this defense can win games for the Lions. 11 of their 14 points came off of turnovers.
This defense is very impressive.
The offense, however, was not. Matthew Stafford was not able to get much going, nearly turning the ball over multiple times. This did not look like the Stafford we are used to seeing.
When it came to the offensive line, things got worse. Stafford was sacked 5 times, the most in over 2 years. That definitely played a part to his inconsistency. There was some good in the offense, however…
- The running game came alive today, as Ameer Abdullah almost had a 100 yard game. With 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 YPC) he was one of the only bright spots on this offense. He did leave (again) with an ankle injury, so that is definitely something we want to look at going forward.
- The defense generally looked pretty impressive, as they picked up 3 fumble recovers on the day. The most important, however, was due to an excellent play made by Glover Quin. He forced a fumble on Adam Thielen with 1:53 seconds left to go to seal the game.
- Special teams proved once again why they are so important. Punter Jeff Locke, former Viking, continuously boomed it to place his former team in tough field position. Dispite missing a 60 yarder, Matt Prater still did his part by making his gimme in the first quarter. Lastly, the coverage was outstanding all night, which could have been the difference maker.
- Matthew Stafford had one weird day. He completed 61% of his passes for 209 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. However, that mediocre stat line is deceiving. He nearly had 3 interceptions where he either misread the defense or just made a bad throw. It definitely was an off day for the offensive star.
- Missed opportunities plagued this offense all game. Whether it was a bad throw or a wrong route, the passing game was severely inconsistent. Luckily the run game (Abdullah) was impressive enough to keep them afloat when Stafford was down.
- Wow. Taylor Decker, please come back soon. This offensive line was abysmal today, as they allowed 5 total sacks. That doesn’t even factor in the countless times Stafford was hurried. The run blocking was actually pretty decent, as Ameer Abdullah was able to have one of his best games of his career. Regardless, this offensive line needs some help. Add on injuries to TJ Lang and Rick Wagner, and this season could get ugly.
This guy is honestly the best saftey in the NFL right now, and it’s really not even close. Forget his game clinching forced fumble, this dude is lights out. He can cover the entire field all game and make a quarterback make silly mistakes. His tackling is always superb as well. It baffles me why he isn’t getting the recognition he deserves.
His statline: 4 tackles, 1 FF, 2 pass breakups.
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