Twentyman: Lions need to keep their foot on the gas

Posted by ttwentyman on December 2, 2012 – 3:50 pm

If you were hoping for a defensive struggle Sunday at Ford Field, you’re a little disappointed at the half. The Lions and Colts have combined for 437 yards and 37 point over the first 30 minutes, with the Lions holding a 23-14 halftime edge.

The Lions are moving the football through the air (212 yards), but are averaging just 3.1 yards per rush on 14 attempts. The interior of the Lions offensive line is getting beaten off the punch and has trouble sustaining blocks in the run game so far.

The Lions are leading the turnover battle 2-1, which was one of the big keys coming into the game and is one of the reasons the Lions are up.

Here are a couple other halftime adjustments for the Lions:


Colts quarterback Andrew Luck came into the game being sacked 26 times. He was on pace to finish with 38 sacks taken this season.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukomg Suh sacked Luck on the Colts’ first offensive play of the game, but that has been the only sack for the Lions so far. Luck has been able to step up in the pocket too many times this first half and find receivers down field. He’s shown his rookie side with two interceptions, but the Lions aren’t good enough on the back end to let Luck continue to sit in the pocket and scan the field.

The Lions can’t blitz to get pressure, either. Luck has burnt them twice in the first half.


The Colts hold a 6-1 record in games decided by one possession this season. The Lions are 3-6.

The Lions have failed each of the last two weeks to separate themselves from both the Packers and Texans when given the opportunity in close games.

The Colts have won four games in the fourth quarter or overtime – the Lions need to keep their foot on the gas and continue to extend the lead.


The Lions lost receiver Ryan Broyles to a right knee injury early in the game and his return is questionable. That now leaves them with only Calvin Johnson, Mike Thomas, Kassim Osgood and Stefan Logan at the receiver spots.

Tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (43 yards) and Tony Scheffler (45) are picking up some of the slack, but Calvin Johnson has really picked it up. Johnson’s eight first half receptions are a career-high for a half and he leads the team with 83 yards.

The Lions are finding creative ways to get Johnson the ball, but the Colts are likely to adjust in the second half with Broyles out. Can Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan continue to find ways to get Johnson open with a likely adjustment coming by the Colts?

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31 Responses to “Twentyman: Lions need to keep their foot on the gas”

  1. By BayCityGuy on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lions got exactly what they deserve for playing so conservative on there last drive. They should have put out everything they had to get in field goal range. They will be watching the playoffs from their living rooms and rightfully so.

  2. By wilson on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    as a life time sufferer, i mean lions fan. It is impossible to watch this pathetic week in week out display of loose by any means necessary. Take away Megatron and the Lions literally have zero threats, every other player would be on a practice squad any where else. Stafford without Calvin would not have a job. Honestly how can these guys get a pay check every week. And Florence stop celebrating when a guy drops a ball and learn to play man coverage. Bloody disgraceful.. OUT

  3. By Sheryl on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Another stupid loss by Detroit. Their coaches are stupid, stupid, stupid!!! Schwartz and his crew need to be fired and NOW! I have never seen such idiotic decision making in my life! Couldn’t even get a first down to ensure a win? Really? He needs to go! Incompetance at it’s highest level!

  4. By Sheryl on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Florence? Dropped balls? It is never ok to do that. Your’e a pro for crying out loud. Play like one!

  5. By Mike on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Dear detroit lions…………. thanks for nothing. love, your fans

  6. By tevo2010 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    the really suck been lions fan for a long time an this is just a disgrace to watch anymore there just one trick ponys alwasy going to jhonson i dont even want to watch them anymore cuz they suck.

  7. By Josh on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Offensive play calling was awful again. Bell didn’t play enough again. Lions lose again. Same old story. Wish I could change my favorite team to not be the lions! Have to blame that on Barry for being so awesome. I’m a big supporter of Jim but his choices in coordinators and lack of self control are making me start to waiver. Let’s hope we don’t get another top ten pick since we are already too strapped financially.

  8. By Moving Van Driver on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    2013 Defensive Free Agents- Cliff Avril, Corey Williams, Justin Durant, DeAndre Levy, Chris Houston, Jacob Lacey, Erik Colman, Louis Delmas, Lawrence Jackson, Sammie Hill, Willie Young, Ashlee Young, Drayton Florence, Don Carey, Ricardo Silva, Pat Lee.

    Look at the bright side a lot of house cleaning is already done for the next GM and coaching staff.

  9. By BayCityGuy on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Josh, I was a big supporter of J.S. also, but he’s not showing me a lot of smarts. I don’t think he has what it takes, and his O.C. has to go.

  10. By JP O'Flaherty on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Who do you blame on a tram that has good talent, but continues to lose? This game as has several past close games was lost by the Coaching Staff! Sure Matt missed some easy throws to CJ. Even CJ missed a couple catchable balls (for him). LeShoure and Bell couldn’t sustain any effective ground game to run time off of the clock. The Defense with a great front four couldn’t hold a Tookie QB from running and passing his way tio victory with time running out on the road, but then AGAIN WHAT ELSE is NEW?
    Yet it was the coaching staff who continued to try to run the clock out in the second half, instead of keeping the Offense going full tilt. Matt only passed for an additional 100 yards the whole second half. Several drives went 3 and out, with at least twice going for deep balls with 3rd and two, instead of getting the first down and then going for the end zone. They could have put the game out of reach at the end after CJ was interfered with on the 50 (or so). Get your first down and run out the clock, instead of trying an obvious run play to waste away 40 seconds.
    The talent is there, the #1 or #2 Passing Offense in the league. VJ should average 10-15 catches a game, not have 13 as is career best! He is as close to unstoppable as the league has ever seen! Matt can make all the throws, and is a perfect compliment to CJ. Either Lenihan or Swartz is the problem. There is NO way this Lion’s team is only a FOUR GAME Winner! Also, we need to have an IMPACT Linebacker like Manrei Tao, Time to start playing the draft picks from last year, and see if they can play. Last years draft appears to have been a bust, no STARTERS I hope Broyles is OK, because other than him last years draft was a bust, and we cannot afford them!
    You young Lion’s fans learn to root for the Lions like us old guys, for 10 years I rooted for Barry (as did most of us). NOW it is time to root for Matt and CJ, set records, be the best guys, because the Lions curse is alive and well in Detroit!

  11. By wolvie on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    No running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, no running game, same old story, same old Lions, been the same mentality for the last 40 years that I’ve been following them. Don’t spend the money or the high draft pick on the OL, and this is what you will end up having. The inability to push people around, run out the clock with 2 minutes remaining, good running backs getting hurt because they are running for their lives trying to create their own holes because the typical Lions brain trust thinks the job can be completed with anyone up there instead of actually spending cash or picks in order to put some real talent up there.

  12. By darrel on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    1. the lions db’s don’t turn around
    2. defense does not use there arms to tackle
    3. def lineman don’t raise there arms to knock down pass
    4. off coordinator too conservative on offense
    5. def coordinator too conservative
    6. lions play not to lose as oppose to playing to win

    watch the tape

  13. By BayCityGuy on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    JP, I loved Barry, I enjoyed watching the Lions either win or lose just to see barry play. I now root for MS and CJ, however I started watching the Lions in 1952, saw them win a championship in 1957 and nothing since. All I can say is, “How Long Do Those Guy’s Think I’m Gonna Live” ( : …… I’m not sure Jim Swartz has what it takes. I supported him strongly last year but him and his staff don’t seem to be showing any smarts.

  14. By ghost on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Twemtyman, I know you have a job to do. It must suck though. anyway some big changes need to be made in management. When a team is this bad for 50 years it has to go back to managment.

  15. By Bill Mi on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    We interrupt this possible Lions win to throw in some stupidity and lack luster defense. Really?…is there any reason to not make changes to every aspect of this bowl of crap that you call a team….pathetic…

  16. By davbarnesjr on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the weak link is Gunther Cunningham. He should be fired by Monday Because look at Lions Defense plays are getting weak…. Head Coach should be short term as Defense coach until end of the season… Lions should find replace Defense coach Cunningham to find Defense coach, who can be firey and stronger Defense 4-3.

  17. By davbarnesjr on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Defense coach Cunningham should be fired by Monday or whatever. I noticed that Defense are getting weak by Coach Cunningham. Head Coach should replace him by himself and allow Head Coach to be short term defense schemes until end of the season. Detroit needs to find firey and stronger Defense coach.

  18. By ghost on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    reading the posts it seems folks are miffed. It is important to know that our self worth is not tied to the Lions. Win or lose our lives go on. Never has anyone called me in the last 50 years from the team to oppoligize. It is a matter of ego. Our ego is stroked when the win and battered when we lose. In the big picture of life and family and the balance of the universe Sunday afternoons are not important. Find something else to do on Sundays. Perhaps read or go fishing or hunting. Spend time with the family playing cards or games but stay away from the TV. Unless you are watching a good movie. But lets not connect our personal worth with a team.

  19. By Sagmich on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ghost, No one here is connecting their personal worth with the Lions. Some people like to shop, some people like to fish, hunt more than watch football, some people like to watch movies. As for me I watch football as a matter of fact I watch all sports. I never connect my personal worth with any team I watch. I just want to be able to see the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and the Pistons be all they can be and win a few the right way. That has nothing to do with personal worth. Everyone wants to be proud of their teams and their city!!!!!! Now go fishing!!!! Go hunting!!! Rread a book!!! Watch a movie!!!!! As for me I will be watching football and basketball and when the hockey season starts I will be watcing the Wings!

  20. By demo30 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    The coaching staff showed they have NO confidence in their special team by kicking the ball out of bounds and who runs the ball on 3rd down with 5 yards to go . Again the coaches for the Detroit lions shows no confidence in there players . If they coached me i wouldnt give the a 100 percent either if they didnt believe in me as a player.

  21. By ghost on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hmm, to quote Shakespeare Sagmich, “Me thinks thou protesteth to much.”

  22. By sm980268 on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Take a deep breath lions arm chair qb’s. That was a great game with one starting receiver who should be resting for the rest of the year……….theres always excitement with the Lions. Their on the right track the inside D tackles are causing havoc and raging better every weak. …Actually the Dhas keep us in most of are games played with are star safty ( Delmas out ) and first year corners who actually are really getting better ,alittle free agent additions and were a top five defense. I just pray every play that none of our players get hurt. Its always a sigh of relief. Quit COMPLANING and put out the positive vibes. The seasons almost over.

  23. By momokante on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    You guys suck right now no lie stop playing zone play man. You guys put the game on matthew and calvins shoulder. No it dont role like that. The defensive line and linbackers try but com’on secondary step up. When you guys go against green bay no freespace. Hard Coverage man offensivee line you guys also step up let mikel leshoore avarage 5.5 yards a play make a strong change. Titus Young and Thomas step up. No more Bryoles or Bulernson play games as if there was your last. When in redzone 100% no field goals only TOUCHDOWNS!! If any lions player or coach read this take the advice please im serious. PLEASE!!!!!!

  24. By discodan on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions think they can get everything done with their front four. If the Lions rush six players on the last play and keep five players back,I wonder how it changes the outcome?
    Gunther is a Genius……….or so I have heard.

  25. By Ken on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Season is over so I say let’s play the rookies and practice team guys. We need to know what can be salvaged from the rosters. NEED to get younger. Anyone (besides Hanson) who has been in the league for over 15 years please raise your hand. OK now, you guys are excused. Go play golf or something. I’d rather see younger guys get playing time that watch our offensive line get hammered again this week. Backus is ready to move on. Raiola has a warrior’s heart but gets blown up most every play. Maybe that is why we can’t run the ball? I say use these last four games to measure future talent.

  26. By ghost on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    The talking heads on NFL say Swartz likely won’t be back. If so, who would we get? It don’t think it is helpful to just get recycle other losers coaches. I hear from the too that the Eagles coach might go to Dallas. What is the point to that? Maybe Swartz can learn from this nightmare. Is he teachable?

  27. By jerry harty If the refs don,t baby rogers,LIONS ROAR !!! on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    play calling is dreadfull,I watch the games every week I call the play before it happens 8 out of 10 times i,m right.
    I,m a short order cook from DalboMN
    If ican do this a d-coordinator must be having a blast,see YA mr linahan,maybe you too jimmy boy,quit blaming suh and young and who everelse you want as a scapegoat s–t rolls down hill and you dudes are a THE TOP.i WOULD GIT SICK OF PLAYING YOUR GAME SO i DON,T SEE WHY ARE PLAYERS DON,T.
    Another depressing Lions season !!!!!!!!

  28. By not for away on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    will some one please tell the def. cord. that his “9-wide” defense isn’t working!!!! all it does is have the D-line look for sacks and force the safeties to tackle load bearing running backs and chase the QB’s from the @nd level. Can we try a defense similar to the Ravens or (forgive me) the Bears

  29. By Anthony Miller on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention on thanksgiving JJ Watt was on the sideline yelling at one of the coaches ” I know the play”. The coaches have done a lackluster job this year and our performance week in and week out has revealed that!!! They have failed to make sound adjustments on the fly during the games and also week The players have under performed because they’ve been allowed to!! Nothing is going to happen to them for lack of performance or repeated mistakes!! Mike Tomlin wasn’t scared to shake his team up when it was needed!! Coach tries to allude to injuries but it is next man up!!! NO EXCUSES!!! If we had a decent coach he would change things when it’s needed!!! He hasn’t even tried to just put someone else in for at least one punt or kickoff return to see if we could get some field position!!! Just now started to call slants and toss sweeps!!! Come on this stuff football 101!! Done nothing to wake Pettigrew up or start scheffler! ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE OF URGENCY!!! Passive coaching not to lose!!! Never coaching to win!!! Not enough balls to pick on the BIGGER NAME PLAYERS who are fucking up too!!! Get rid of this coaching staff MAYHEW!!!!! THEY DON’T CARE!!! They show it by their lackluster way of coaching!!!

  30. By sm980268 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Moving van driver, the whole secondary has been on injured reserve, Dalmas played one game. Cliff Aviril is hurt, and is a monster when healthy. We got one receiver ” megatron” and now Petigrow is out. Remember these words . 2013 Lions defense will be top 5!!!! Bet

  31. By ghost on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t care who the player is they needs to disiplined by grabbing some pine or fined or both for stupid and deliberate penalties like Suh pushing rogers after the pass that rusulted in 15 yards. Is he so stupid he does not know thousands of people across the country can see him? When I was I child I thought if I covered my eyes and couldn’t see no one could see me. Maybe Suh is still a child that needs to sit in a corner.

    Or we could trade him for some corners and saftys.

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