The Detroit defense had plenty of peaks and valleys throughout its 35-32 loss against Philadelphia.
Looking at the good, they sacked Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick six times for 37 yards, also holding Philadelphia 6-of-14 on third-down conversions.
On the flip side, explosion plays became a factor. The Lions surrendered receptions of 18, 20, 29 and 53 yards and rushing touchdowns of 14 and 46 yards.
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch: “We gave up big plays, but we made big plays. It’s another one of those games where we have a lot of things to clean up, but also have some things to build off of. It’s not a complete disaster. I think we had some big-time plays. Some guys really played well, we just have to put it together. We can’t have lapses; we can’t give up big plays. In the game, we rose and gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the end. We just have to win it. That’s it.”
One of Detroit’s strategies for defending against Vick was to blitz. Unfortunately for the Lions, Vick made some quality plays.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz: “(Vick) made a couple great plays. We dialed up some blitzes and we had free runners to him, and he got away from guys that were free to him. Those are match-ups that we need to win that he won. He’s won a lot of those in the past, and that’s one of the reasons he is where he is in his career. I think we had at least two of those drives, maybe three, that we had our hands on him on 3rd down, and we weren’t able to get him on the ground. Hats off to him, and that’s something that we need to do better.”
The one thing the Lions were able to do was keep Vick from running the ball himself, though containing him allowed the Eagles to convert those big plays.
DT Ndamukong Suh: “For the most part, I think we limited it. We had to just continue attacking against him, but he did make some plays with his arm as well.”
Vanden Bosch: “I think we had a good game plan. I think he scrambled a few times, but we had guys around him. Our defensive coaches put us in a position to stop him and to stop that offense and 90 percent of the time we did. Then we just had lapses and we gave up those big plays. That’s something we have to eliminate.”
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