Film Review: Examining 8 key plays from Lions’ gut-wrenching loss to Seattle

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Most games in the NFL are decided by a handful of plays. Sometimes one play – or six inches as it was in the Detroit Lions’ 13-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks – is the difference between winning and losing. Continue reading

Film Review: What’s wrong with Lions’ offense?

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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

All-22: Lions fail to convert on handful of crucial plays

Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews sacks Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews sacks Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

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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

Lions All-22: Offense squanders first half opportunities in loss to Packers

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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

Lions All-22: The good and bad from Matthew Stafford in Chicago

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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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

Lions All-22: Stafford, passing game gashes Bears

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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

Lions All-22: Calvin Johnson feasts on Bears’ secondary

Photo Credit: Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports

Photo Credit: Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports

The ice cold Lions offense finally broke out of a season-long slump, scoring four touchdowns in a satisfying 34-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.

There was trouble early. Chicago stormed out to a 14-3 lead after a strip-sack of Matthew Stafford set-up the Bears at the Lions’ five-yard line.

But the team stayed calm and responded with a confidence-boosting touchdown drive of their own, culminating with a beautifully thrown pass from Stafford to Calvin Johnson. It halted Detroit’s touchdown drought at 25 possessions, spanning three games. Here’s the play that broke the proverbial ice. Continue reading