Lions trail big at half

Posted by ttwentyman on December 4, 2011 – 11:08 pm

One of the big story lines coming into Sunday’s game against the Saints was how the Lions’ injury-plagued secondary would hold up against the Saints No. 1 passing offense.

If the first half is any indication, the Lions are in for a long night.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has carved up the Lions secondary with surgical precision and the Lions find themselves down by a big margin, 24-7, at the half.

Brees has completed 16-of-21 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the half.

For a second-straight game, the Lions can’t seem to get out of their own way.

They’ve been penalized five times in the first half and most of those took away big plays for the offense.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is 12-of-16 for 159 yards.

The Lions had a 42-yard field goal blocked to end the half when it appeared a Saints player was clearly offsides. No flag was thrown on the play.

The Lions get the ball coming out of the half and will have to get it going.

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17 Responses to “Lions trail big at half”

  1. By Richard Heyman on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply

    Once again the Lions Offense insists in shooting themselves in the foot by making STUPID mistakes at key times. AGAIN Lenihan is failing to go to CJ enough, so the Lions remove him as a threat all by themselves! The Defense has been pitiful in coverage, and Wright has just Totally sucked! Whiffed on tackles, missed coverages. Burelson nice gain, then stupid penalty. Young just threw punch ruining a first and goal position. TOO MANY STUPID MISTAKES by players acting like PUNKS!!!

  2. By redwingliger on Dec 4, 2011 | Reply


  3. By Lions Swagger on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Story of this game is a common one for the Lions…penalties. I for one as a fan am getting sick of these undisciplined penalties costing this team victories. It is time for the coaching staff to start benching and or fining players. This has become a terrible habit that must be rectified immediately. It is getting difficult to cheer for a team that has individuals making so many selfish plays.

  4. By Farleigh18 on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    I swear they are just shooting themselves in the foot!!!!! With all the STUPID penalties…… But watching some of the Saints players and their cheap shots too.

  5. By steve on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    same ole lions!!! thats what we get for getting our hopes up once again , well never agian , i absolutley give up on this team, i dont give a shit what they do for the rest of the season, they just SUCK !!!

  6. By Tom Miles on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    why all the flags again for Detroit?? Does the coach and players know any rules of the game??

  7. By G. Money on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Oh no!! We suck again!!!!

  8. By lions lose again on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Q) what does 0-16 get you? A) enough draft picks to tie you over till Your next rebuild!

  9. By Jesse on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Sideline all the players that are killing us with penalties NOW…..and get ride of all the running backs and get one good one WITH A FULL BACK PLZ. Hey coach show us that your NOT going to tolerate this teams disrespectful attitude. Some of the others that do respect the game are getting jipped. Teach these, some of these guys how to 1. tackle 2. trash talk back and 3. cover on “D”. I blame all this falling apart on the coach. Get mean coach and Mike Ditka there ass. Does this site really get to the players? I would like to see some response from them.

  10. By Jesse on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply


  11. By redwingliger on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    This was the worst game of the season from a stupid penalty standpoint by far. This team is in dire need of discipline from the coaching staff and it wouldn’t hurt if some of the veteran players other than Dominic Raiola step up and put the immature, selfish players like Brandon Pettigrew, Stefan Logan, Titus Young, and what was up with Nate Burleson tonight 3 offensive pass interference penalties? I will say this much… it looked to me like the veteran Saints players took advantage of the youth on this team especially, but it wasn’t limited to them because I saw a number of cheep shots happening all over the field..The thing is though that good, well disciplined teams don’t let that stuff derail their whole season. I hate seeing those cheep shots happening right in front of the refs and they NEVER penalize the veteran teams, or players for any of their initiating the altercations that inevitably happen, but they sure seem like they are more than happy to penalize anyone that’s tired of getting the stuffing pounded out of themselves. I realize that I don’t know the half of it, but come on guys you’ve worked to hard and come to far to let that stuff ruin all that you have accomplished thus far. One more thing… the more that you show your opponents that you allow that stuff to get you off your game the worse it will become for all of you. GO LIONS!!!

  12. By Bill Mi on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Why in the heck did we try a field goal of 55 yards and give the ball back to Brees at mid field .We were only down one touchdown with a whole quarter of football ?…really that was boneheaded…and the penalties…for crying out loud…no discipline…

  13. By Randy DeHate on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    PENALTY’s,PENALTY’s,PENALTY’S. When are you going to play Good Football and WIN? PENALTY FREE?

  14. By Hogfish on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    The Saints held a pre-season game with the injured Lions. There are 4 games left to salavage a respectable season. Getting as healthy as possible the next two games and finish strong the last two games should be a goal. Carry as much momentum into and preparartion for the next season is important. The need to get better are words we heard all year. With the remaining games of the Lions schedule is an excellent chance to make this happen and carry it into the off-season.

  15. By redwingliger on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Speaking of penalties I would like to know when the NFL is going to START calling the penalties that the NFL’s darling teams are blatantly committing, yet being completely ignored? Granted the Lions commit way to many penalties on their own so they sure don’t need to be penalized for the infractions the opposing teams commit, because the refs don’t have the gonads to call any penalties on a darling team. The off side penalty in this game when 3 Lions jumped into the neutral zone simultaneously and got back without making contact, and prior to the snap (which should have been illegal procedure) goes against the Lions as off sides. Also the non-calls of penalties like the off sides when they blocked Hanson’s field goal attempt, the offensive pass interference grabbing Lions DB arm and getting a defensive pass interference call, holding by the Saints O-line, and special teams (at least once in each case last night) are killing the Lions. The NFL is a joke when it comes to these calls, non-calls or blown calls and I would think that the NFL would hire professional referees to call these games so that the games were called more equally for ALL 32 teams. For years I’ve watched very poor officiating decide the outcome of football games and I find it laughable that the NFL even has an instant replay system. What for… to give an appearance that their concerned about getting the calls right, but then they hire a bunch of idiots that can’t get a very basic and obvious penalty called correctly for everyone consistently. Being a Lions fan affords me the opportunity to see a plethora of ridiculously inapt officiating calls potentially cost the Lions victories. For a couple of examples, the Bears @ Lions game 2010 when Suh’s pushing Cutler down was incorrectly ruled a personal foul negating a possible fumble and as a result aided Chicago in scoring the go ahead touchdown. Or the game with the 49ers this year when the officials ignored an obvious block in the back on Ginn’s punt return that ended with him going out of bounds at the Lions 35 yard line. As if the non-call wasn’t bad enough the officials compounded matters by spotting the ball on Detroit’s 30 yard line instead of the 35 where it should have been after the commercial break. Walker’s touchdown which barely broke the plane of the end zone on 4th down may have been short had the extra 5 yards not been given to them because of unprofessional and incompetent officials that made two calls horribly wrong on that one play. Who knows if the Lions would have won either game, but the officials shouldn’t be so erratic, or just plain stupid in those situations.

  16. By BigM53 on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    I’m done watching this team, until they show some class as a Professional football team ! The constant penalties and the type of penalties that are made,are a embarassment to the organization and the Lions fans ! Suck it up and play the game how it was intended to be played ! Disgruntled with lack of discipline on the field ! The lions showcased their punkness these last 2 games, it needs to be addressed NOW ! Starting with the head coach !

  17. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they learn from their mistakes.

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