Entering this season, there were high expectations for a Lions’ offense that was far too inconsistent last season.
Detroit’s priority in the off-season was to improve the offensive line and, by extension, the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack, which averaged a paltry 3.6 yards-per-carry (29th). They traded for veteran guard/center Manny Ramirez, drafted guard Laken Tomlinson in the first round and added running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round. Continue reading →
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 04: Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) runs in for a touchdown as Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) defends during the first half of an NFL wildcard playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
At 25 yards old and entering the prime of his career, wide receiver Golden Tate entered last March’s free agency looking for a juicy new contract.
A month prior, he had won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks and was coming off of his best season as a pro. Tate posted a team-high 64 catches, 898 receiving yards and five touchdowns while playing in a run-heavy offense. He led all receivers with 21 forced missed tackles in 2013 and owned the lowest drop rate of any wideout with at least 100 targets since 2011. Pro Football Focus also graded Tate as the leagues’ best punt returner. Continue reading →
When facing a high-octane offense like the Green Bay Packers, you must eliminate mistakes and cannot waste opportunities to score points. This is especially true at Lambeau Field, where the Packers entered last Sunday’s contest with the Detroit Lions averaging 41 points per game. Continue reading →
Green Bay Packers’ Morgan Burnett breaks up a pass intended for Detroit Lions’ Eric Ebron (85) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
When facing a vaunted offense like the Green Bay Packers, you cannot waste opportunities to score points. This is especially true at Lambeau Field where the Packers, led by Aaron Rodgers’ insane 23 TD-0 INT ratio, entered the game 7-0 while scoring 41 points per contest. Continue reading →
Matthew Stafford had plenty of great moments and forgettable moments in the Lions’ 20-14 win over the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
The sixth-year quarterback displayed his attributes, both the good and bad in leading his team to yet another fourth quarter comeback victory. He showcased toughness and made plays when his back was against the wall. He also made you scratch your head and ask yourself what he was thinking on multiple occasions. Continue reading →
On Thanksgiving Day, Matthew Stafford had his finest game in two months in leading the Lions to their best offensive performance since week one.
Stafford posted season highs in completions (34), completion percentage (75.6 percent), and yards (390) as the ice cold Lions’ offense awakened from its season-long slump to score four touchdowns in a satisfying 34-17 win over the hapless Chicago Bears.
The team started poorly (a strip-sack of Stafford set-up the Bears at the Lions’ five-yard line) and Chicago stormed out to a 14-3 lead.
However, the offense responded with a confidence-boosting drive of its own culminating with a beautifully thrown touchdown pass from Stafford to Calvin Johnson. Continue reading →
The Lions’ offense failed to score a touchdown for the second consecutive contest (spanning 22 possessions) in their 34-9 drubbing at the hands of the white-hot Patriots on Sunday. The offensive performance has everyone wondering how a team that scored 24.7 points per game last season (13th in the NFL) could fall to 17.9 (28th). They were supposed to be better this year. Continue reading →