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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