Twentyman: No adjustments needed at the half as Lions lead 21-0

Posted by ttwentyman on November 4, 2012 – 3:35 pm

For the first time this season, the Lions lead at halftime. It’s not your garden variety lead, either. The Lions are up 21-0 and are on cruise control. The last time the Lions scored at least 21 points and shut out an opponent on the road was back in 2000 when they led the Giants 21-0.

If I’m Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, I’m not sure I say a single thing to my defense at the half. The Jaguars ran only 18 plays in the first half for 57 total yards and were 0-for-4 on third down.

Offensively, the stats are staggering.

  • The Lions had 285 yards of offense and quarterback Matthew Stafford is 15-of-24 for 216 yards. It’s the seventh time Stafford has thrown for 200 yards in the first half.
  • Receiver Calvin Johnson has caught all six passes thrown his way for 111 yards. It’s the 25th 100-yard game of his career, becoming just the second receiver in Lions history to reach 25 (Herman Moore, 34).
  • Running back Mikel Leshoure has three rushing touchdowns in the first half, becoming the first Lions rusher with three touchdowns on the ground since James Stewart at three against the Buccaneers in 2000.
  • The offense has converted 7-of-9 third-down attempts, which means they’re 19 of their last 25 on third down.

No halftime adjustments needed. If this continues, don’t expect the starters to be playing much longer.

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3 Responses to “Twentyman: No adjustments needed at the half as Lions lead 21-0”

  1. By lions fan on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    great win lions!!!!!! lions are looking alot better need to keep the team motivated have some tough games ahead offense and defense looked great…….

  2. By derick cleveland on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    TO CJ THANK YOU and I know you gave what you had and if you are able this coming Sunday you will be there also. But maybe you should rest it we will need you later I know your teammates appreciate you but the saying is next man up. Let the next man play you have earned a injury break.

  3. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    CJ had another great game, but in CJ’s case it is typical. Yesterday’s game is exactly what should happen EVERY game for the Lions. The only thing that should change is that he snatches more TDs.
    Mathew needs options at receiver. I think Broyles is providing a nice addition to the offense, coming through with key catches to sustain drives. Young dropped a great pass from Mathew, which can’t be tolerated, and he evidently wasn’t getting open as often as Broyles or CJ??? LeShoure and Bell ran hard, but man I woulsuld of loved having Doug Martin. Enough solid run game to mix it up, and keep the passing game moving. It would be nice to see some major holes open up for the RBs like most lines do, but at least they are keeping Matt upright! I’d like to see some of those cheap shots on Stafford eliminated y the refs. Mathew is definitely in the same class as Eli, Peyton, Rogers, Brady and deserves the same respect.

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