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

DET at SEA - Johnson's fumble at GL

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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

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

DET at MIN 3Q 1-10 Vikes disguise coverage

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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

Lions All-22: Running game struggles early, comes through late to seal victory over Vikings

Photo Credit-detroitlions.com

Photo Credit – detroitlions.com

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Much has been made of the Lions’ erratic offense this season. A group with elite talent at wide receiver and quarterback should be able to string together quality performances like they have in the past.

After consecutive road losses to the NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals and AFC-leading New England Patriots in which the Lions scored a total of five goals, the Lions had feasted on bottom feeders in recent weeks. The offense was humming in back-to-back 34-17 home wins over the porous Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seemingly righting the ship. Continue reading

Lions All-22: Short yardage woes hinder offense

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 16: Running back Theo Riddick #25 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football after a reception against strong safety Deone Bucannon #36 and middle linebacker Larry Foote #50 in the second quarter during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 16: Running back Theo Riddick #25 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football after a reception against strong safety Deone Bucannon #36 and middle linebacker Larry Foote #50 in the second quarter during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Lions’ offensive struggles continued on Sunday against the NFL-leading Arizona Cardinals. The Lions were unable to consistently move the football and on the few occasions when they did, sacks and penalties stalled drives. Continue reading

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