This addition of half-time adjustments is pretty easy. The Lions gave the Cardinals three second-quarter touchdowns on a muffed punt and two interceptions. The first two turnovers set the Cardinals up inside the Lions’ 10-yard line and led to two Beanie Wells touchdown runs. The second interception was returned 53 yards for a score by Rashad Johnson with just 30 seconds left in the half to give them a 21-7 lead.
The Cardinals have scored three touchdowns with just eight yards of offense on the scoring drives. They have a total of 111 yards in the first half.
The Lions trail 21-7 because of two costly turnovers and their inability to move the ball effectively on an underrated Cardinals defense.
It might be an understatement to say the Lions have some work to do in the second half.
Here are three places to start:
HANG ONTO FOOTBALL
Why don’t we just go ahead and state the obvious first and get it out of the way. The Cardinals are a bad offensive team and the 7-0 lead the Lions had early in the second quarter might have been enough to win if not for the turnovers.
Simple fundamentals. Throw and catch.
The Cardinals’ pass defense has held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 71.9 this season, the second-best mark in the NFL behind Chicago (67.9). Part of the reason is because they are very good at getting to the quarterback, and though they don’t have any sacks today, they’ve beaten up Stafford, who’s taken some of the biggest shots I’ve seen him take all year.
The Lions have to be better than that. Stafford is feeling the pressure and it’s affecting his play. He’s 9-of-22 passing for 85 yards with two interceptions. That’s good for a 14.4 rating.
LIMIT THE PENALTIES
The Lions aren’t handling the pre-snap movement by the Cardinals defense. The Lions have already been hit with three false starts penalties. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus has two of them and a holding call. The Lions have been penalized five times for 35 yards in all.
Lions stop hurting themselves and they’ll be okay.
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