Before tonight’s game I highlighted five keys for the Lions if they were going to pull off the upset against the Falcons (12-2) tonight.
The first 30 minutes are in the books and it’s not looking good for the Lions, who trail 21-6 at halftime.
TURNOVERS ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER
Lions fans saw firsthand last week how turnovers can be the great equalizer for a team less talented than another. The Cardinals scored 28 points off four turnovers and handely beat a more talented Lions team, 38-10.
The Lions fumbled twice in the first half tonight and the Falcons turned them into 14 points.
The Lions can’t beat themselves and the Falcons, too.
GET TO RYAN
The Lions had no chance if Ryan was able to step up in the pocket and complete passes. The Lions have only gotten to Ryan once in the first 30 minutes.
Subsequently, he’s 15-of-16 passing for 183 yards with three touchdowns.
That’s a 154.2 rating.
Ryan was not sacked once last week in a win over the Giants and he finished with a 142.6 rating.
START FAST AND FINISH STRONG
The Lions did neither.
They went three-and-out on their first possession and fell behind 7-0 early. They had to settle for a field goal late in the first quarter and again right before the half.
They’ll certainly have to finish strong.
WHO STEPS UP?
Calvin Johnson has six catches for 117 yards in the first half. He might get to Rice’s record tonight.
Six other receivers have combined for 66 yards. Kris Durham has two catches for 32 yards as the second-leading receiver.
The Lions have thrown the ball 19 times for 183 yards.
They’ve run it 12 times for 45 yards (3.8) average.
The Falcons’ defense is giving up nearly 125 yards rushing per game on the season and opponents are averaging 4.9 yards per rush.
The Lions haven’t taken advantage of that statistic thus far.
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