Lions will have to produce better on first and second down to win at Minnesota

Posted by ttwentyman on November 11, 2012 – 3:38 pm

The Lions are no strangers to trailing at the half. In fact, last week’s win in Jacksonville was the first time all year the Lions led heading into their locker room.

If they’re going to get above .500 for the first time since Week 1, they’ll have to turn around a 13-3 halftime deficit.

Two key adjustments they’ll have to make in the second half.

1. Better production on first and second down

The Lions were 20-of-28 on third down the last two weeks in wins over Seattle and Jacksonville. They’ve began today’s game 0-for-6 with two sacks.

The Lions have put themselves in third-and-long situations all game and that’s allowed the Vikings to tee off.

Stafford has been pressured a few times which is resulting in him leave the pocket a touch early and right into one of those sacks. Of the six third-down plays, the distance to reach a first down was under seven yards just once. It doesn’t matter how good an offense is, it can’t continue to put itself in third-and-long situations and expect to convert against NFL defenses.

2. Contain explosive plays

There really isn’t any way to completely stop Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but you have to limit the explosive runs.

On a 13-play Vikings’ scoring drive in the second quarter, Peterson has runs of 15 and 14 yards and Vikings had just one third down on the drive.

The Vikings opened the game with a touchdown on their first possession after a 54-yard completion for Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to receiver Jarius Wright set them up at the Lions 1-yard line.

The defense has done an okay job on Ponder. He started the game 6-of-7 passing for 57 yards with 54 coming on that one completion.

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Lions to start same secondary for consecutive weeks; Corey Williams out

Posted by ttwentyman on November 11, 2012 – 12:31 pm

The Lions will start the same four players in the secondary for consecutive weeks for the first time this season today at Minnesota.

With safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey already ruled out, Ricardo Silva and Erik Coleman will get the start.

Coleman recorded his first interception of the season in a win over the Jaguars a week ago and Silva had his first career pick the week prior in a win over Seattle.

Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey will start at cornerback.

The Lions will be without defensive starter tackle Corey Williams with a knee injury. Second-year player Nick Fairley will get his third career start in his place.

Receiver Titus Young and defensive end Cliff Avril, who were both listed as questionable on Friday, will play.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy returns to the starting lineup after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Levy was leading the team in tackles before the injury and still ranks third with 37, despite missing two games.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, who was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, will start. Johnson practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday and told reporters this week that his left knee feels better than it did a week ago when he didn’t practice at all but still had seven catches for 129 yards at Jacksonville.

Joining Delmas, Spievey and Williams on the inactive list today are: offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, receiver Brian Robiskie, and quarterback Kellen Moore.

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Put pregame sideline passes on your radar for next Sunday vs. Packers

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 11, 2012 – 11:46 am

Beat the rush to win pregame sideline passes!

Prior to next Sunday’s game at Ford Field vs. Green Bay (Nov. 18), the Detroit Lions will once again hold a “Beat the Rush” promotion, encouraging fans to enter the stadium within a half hour of the gates opening (11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.).

Fans who enter before 11:30 will have the opportunity to win two pregame sideline passes by taking a photo of themselves in the stadium and tweeting it to hashtag: “beattherush”.

Ten winners will receive a direct message via Twitter from the Detroit Lions official handle giving instructions to retrieve passes and then take the field for warm-ups. In order to receive a direct message, fans must be following the Detroit Lions official Twitter handle: @DetroitlionsNFL.

In addition to the opportunity to win pregame sideline passes, fans who arrive early can also take advantage of the Bud Light Bar (Brush Street), Bud Light Party Zone (near Section 238/239) and the Corner Lounge (northeast corner of the stadium near section 224) between 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM for $5 drafts, complimentary hot dog and sausage bar and prize giveaways.

The first 50,000 fans who enter the stadium will also receive a ‘Salute to Service’ wristband presented by USAA as part of the Lions ‘Salute to Service’ game.

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