Lions not handling the keys needed to beat the Falcons

Posted by ttwentyman on December 22, 2012 – 11:14 pm

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.

BE MULTIDIMENSIONAL

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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7 Responses to “Lions not handling the keys needed to beat the Falcons”

  1. By simms on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Logan, what an idiot, he should be 1st to go. Clearly needs to know what happens after a safety. Even my wife know the rules, and she is not a football fan. All I can say is WOW!

  2. By rockbo1955 on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    leashore is not the answer for running back bell is so much better and average per yard is higher and he is faster then leshore ! but since bell was put in to schwartz doghouse for a flag for celebrating a touchdown! He was not in the tonight! Coaches have there favorite players but numbers our so much better for bell! he should have played tonight!

  3. By Raymond on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    For sure sign Jason Hanson 31-35 fg

  4. By Anthony Miller on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been on this blog telling anyone from the organization who will listen about Stefan Logan but him and Schwartz are dating or something!!! Coach has had plenty of opportunity to make a change!!! KR is not like changing QBs or something!!! I don’t see what’s so hard about throwin Mike Thomas or Kevin Smith for that matter back there to see if somebody,anybody can generate some field position!!! Just like he’s done all season long, coach has ignored and refused to make the players accountable for any mistakes!! He is fully responsible for the Lions disappointing season!! Tired of the same old BS from coaches and players!!!

  5. By Dave "Waz" on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mistakes! That sums up the whole season. Many are blaming the players and they should share the blame. But mistakes happen because of poor coaching. Logan is mental. He’s gotta go.The Lions traded up to get Leshoure so he’s playing to make it look like management didn’t make a mistake. To continue playing him when Bell, a supposed cast-off from 3 other teams, is playing better. Another coaching mistake compounding the problem. Leshoure fumbles in a key situation leading to a Falcon’s score, then he runs into the endzone for a score later in the game almost untouched due to good blocking, then celebrates like he’s an All-Planet RB. What’s that all about? Make him watch some Barry clips. Score with class and humility and you WILL be exalted. Schwartz got rewarded last year witha contract extension till 2015, I believe? WHY? All you had to do was listen to Gruden last night to get a handle on the Lions. I sure wish that management would consider hiring him and “letting the Schwartz be with someone else”. The guy has a history of being a winner. Has any one of our coaches won anything?

  6. By Anthony Miller on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Even our beat writer is late on Stefan Logan!!! He has the nerve to make this a key question about whether we need a change at KR/PR!!! LOL!!! Like that is a position that is major !!! This organization SUCKS!!! Even the beat writer talks about stupid shit!!! In the article coach says its hard to make a change at KR/PR during the year!!!! WTF!!! Jim Harbaugh changed QBs on a winning team!!! We have coaches who win superbowls on the hot seat for their jobs!!! (Tom Coughlin) OCs get fired during the year on teams that are headed to the playoffs!!!! The NFL stands for NOT FOR LONG unless u are a part of the LIONS organization!!! The browns are gonna win a SB b4 us!!! The world will end b4 the Detroit Lions win a SB!!!! Feel so sorry 4 CJ!!! Another Barry Sanders in the making!!!! Twentyman u need 2 go also 4 even making Stefan Logan a topic of disscussion!!! He’s been fucking up the whole damn season where the fuck have u been???

  7. By Ken on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    What can you say? Over the years you have different players and coaches. Same result. As a Lions fan I look forward to the draft and off season. That is the only time I am proud to be a Lions fan. There is hope and we are still in the running for the playoffs during the off season. Need some major house cleaning this off season. Its not personal, its business, Here is Santa’s naughty list…Raiola, Backus, VanderBosch, Logan, 90% of our secondary, Delmas (can’t stay healthy), Pettigrew (can’t hang on to the ball) and Cherilus (the human penalty). Maybe we should just keep about ten guys and completely start over. I think it is the only thing the Fords haven’t tried yet. Bill Jr. I’m counting on you to make me start liking the Lions again. Go Lions.

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