Lions All-22: Stafford struggled early, stepped up late in comeback win

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to pass the ball during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to pass the ball during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Matthew Stafford’s performance this year has resembled that of a choppy wave and some fans are growing weary of the constant inconsistency of their franchise quarterback. However, Detroit is atop the NFC North heading into their bye week, 3-0 without Calvin Johnson while having burned through four tight ends and three kickers. The NFL is a quarterback league and the position is scrutinized arguably more than any other in professional sports. The quarterback gets too much credit in wins and shoulders too much blame in losses. Ultimately, it’s the wins and losses that matter and this season, Stafford is 6-2. Individually, he’s hasn’t had the season some were hoping for. Among 33 qualifiers, he’s 23rd in the NFL in passer rating and 23rd in completion percentage. He’s thrown 11 touchdowns against seven interceptions, far from his spectacular 41 touchdown, 16 interception showing in 2011. His inconsistency has been maddening at times, yet he’s been able to overcome injures to his top playmakers to lead the Lions to victory. Sunday’s performance was no different. Continue reading

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Observations: Lions 22, Falcons 21

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Here’s what I saw during the Lions thrilling comeback victory over the Falcons in London. Continue reading

Saints-Lions All-22 Film: Glover Quin’s Game-Changing INT

NO-DET 4Q Quin INT above shotDefensive pass coverage isn’t just about the secondary staying glued to the receivers or the pass rush sacking the quarterback. In order to play sound team pass defense, the two units must work together to be successful.

On Glover Quin’s game-changing interception of Drew Brees, that’s exactly what happened. Speaking with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio on the field moments after the crucial come-from-behind victory over the Saints, Quin acknowledged the front four’s role in his interception that set-up the winning score.

“We had a great rush from our D-line,” said Quin. “He (Brees) was under duress and tried to step-up, 3rd-and-10 he wanted to make a play at the sticks. We knew that they (the receivers) broke the route right off at the sticks and thank god I was there.”

The Saints showed this formation and personnel grouping numerous times throughout the game and up until Quin’s big play, they had burned the Lions repeatedly. Continue reading