Three keys for the Lions in the second half

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2012 – 11:01 pm

The Lions were up 14-0 on the road against a tough opponent before two consecutive turnovers by quarterback Matthew Stafford allowed Green Bay back into the game. The Lions held a 14-10 lead at the half.

A Stafford fumble was returned 43 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and a interception on the ensuing possession killed a promising scoring drive.

Green Bay is a tough enough opponent to beat on the road without the Lions helping them with a gift-wrapped touchdown.

Here are three second-half keys for the Lions if they’re going to break their 21-game losing streak in the state of Wisconsin:

Maintain offensive balance

Besides the two turnovers, the Lions are doing pretty much whatever they want on offense vs. the Packers defense.

They’re 6-of-7 on the third down and lead in time of possession 22:41 to 7:19.

They’ve rushed for 117 yards and have out-gained the Packers 218-94.

The turnovers are the only difference between a big Lions lead.

Continue giving Johnson help

The Lions needed some other receivers to step up and Kris Durham answered the bell in the first half.

In his first game since being elevated from the practice squad this week, Durham has 41 receiving yards on three catches, including a one-handed 27-yard score.

Calvin Johnson has three catches for 31 yards.

Six different players have caught a pass for the Lions.

Continue to pressure Rodgers

The Lions did a good job pressuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson has a sack-strip and Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket a number of times. Rodgers was just 5-for-8 for 61 yards in the first half.

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12 Responses to “Three keys for the Lions in the second half”

  1. By Anthony Miller on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions can never sustain anything and that’s coaching and playcalling!! The OC needs to up with something else different!!! That shotgun inside handoff absolutely sucks!!!! It’s the only run play the guy has in his playbook!!( You’d think) That’s the problem with scheme, Stafford is in the shotgun way to much!!! I wonder if the OC even knows what a sweep, off tackle, or counter run is!!!! We’ve got so many problems fundamentally, and with the inability of the coaching staff make the proper adjustments during game or even on a week to week basis will make it almost impossible for us to win this game!!!

  2. By tommyj on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ppl please is it Matthew Stafford someone tell me I can’t figure it out! or is it the defense, damn this is so frustrating, well Gooo!! Lions!!

  3. By Kevin on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are snake bittin right now they can not hold a lead. They have problems with the refs and personel fouls. The present coaching staff does not have confidence and the killer instinct to win. They don’t know the rules on how to to use the red flag.They should have had Staffords fumble reviewed to see if his arm was going forward.I like the present coaching staff but they have a terrible time winning. The Lions need a change.Maybe time to look for a new coaching staff.

  4. By BayCityGuy on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Detroit Lions inability to make adjustments during the game is a severe problem. They scored two touchdowns early in the first quarter and 3 more points the rest of the way.

  5. By ghost on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions need more than the shotgun, maybe a machine gun. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it. Falure of this magnatude for these many decades means the problems start at the top. We need an owner like the 49ers and other ongoing sucessful teams. Since the Fords willl not sell then we need changes at the top right down to the coaching staff. Ford needs to pay big money to get the best President, CEO, etc.

    There is an saying in business, “If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you are getting.” I guess we fans must send old fashioned first class letters to William Clay Ford.

  6. By Kasey C on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Its Shwartz. No disciplines no wins. Look at Rex Ryan and Shwatz, no disciplines, and no good wins. Look at the teams who have good discipline: Patriots, Giants, Niners, Texans, what do they have? Wins. What doesnt the Lions have, wins. Its simple. Get rid of Shwartz and let Stafford have a season, if he doesnt improve scrap him too. But first we need Shwartz out of there.

  7. By demo30 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Detroit needs to go after a hard nose runner that wants to prove that he belongs on the field. Like Brandon Jacobs!!!!! They need that spark in the backfield.

  8. By ghost on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    In addition to a hard nose runner, they need new managment from the top down and they need to start benching and fining and finally trading guys that get stupid penalties like Suh.

  9. By demo30 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    fining the coaches for not believing in the team also. Only if there was a bench for coaches.

  10. By Josh on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Actually Ghost. Suh only has one personal foul this year and 2 penalties overall. They showed that stat in the Green Bay game.

  11. By ghost on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Josh I hear what you are saying. Were the two penalties before or after the shove on Rogers. The kick to Shaubs groin and the shove to Rogers shows a lack of restraint. The kick was overlooked by the refs and the shove gave the Pack 7 points. The team has really cut down on penalties overall but the way they started the season shows mismanagment in coaching. They need more disipline across the board, I still say they need to have across the board consequences that apply to all the players. I would rather lose a game becuase Suh was on the bench than lose one because of a childish reaction by him. Watching the Texans and Patroits, and 49ers and other top teams we can see a huge difference in professionalism, skills, and coaching. It starts at the top and thats where Ford should start in making changes. I think Suh is a good player but not a great one, not yet.

  12. By cornor on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wish they would stop hiring losing coaches gunther for one. Everybody else gets a fine or something but the ref gets nothing even after the instant replay they still make the wrong call that can sometime cost a game and they get nothing they also should receive some kind of fine or something

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