First-half observations: Lions vs. Jets

Posted by ttwentyman on August 9, 2013 – 9:18 pm


  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talked this week about starting fast and getting some good reps in the first few offensive series vs. the Jets.
  • The Lions scored only 20 points on first-possession drives last year and opened the preseason last year vs. Cleveland with two three-and-outs and an eight-play drive that resulted in a punt on their third series.
  • Stafford and the first-team offense played two series Friday night. The first went five plays and resulted in a punt.
  • Stafford led the Lions on a 52-yard, seven-play drive on the second series that resulted in a 47-yard David Akers field goal. Receiver Calvin Johnson had catches of 28 and 22 yards on the drive.
  • Receiver Matt Willis is trying to throw his hat into the conversation for either the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver spot. He had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
  • He made an acrobatic 28-yard catch along the sideline that was initially called incomplete but replay overturned the call. He made another fine diving catch for a 15-yard touchdown.
  • Shaun Hill continues to show why he’s considered one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league. He kept a number of plays alive with his feet and finished 11-of-18 passing for 136 yards and a score.
  • He orchestrated a nice two-minute drive at the end of the half that culminated with a 35-yard David Akers FG with four seconds left.


  • On the defensive side of the ball, it didn’t take defensive end Ziggy Ansah long to show he’s got some playmaking ability. The rookie intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL series.
  • Cornerback Bill Bentley got beat a couple time inside and didn’t tackle well. The Lions like his skill set in the middle of the field, but he didn’t have a great start to his preseason, in my opinion.
  • The safety play by the first-team defense was good. Glover Quin nearly had a pick-six and Don Carey made a nice play in the backfield on a blitz. They cleaned up plays well.
  • The linebackers struggled some. I thought Ashlee Palmer was the best of the trio of players trying to win that starting outside job. Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis both made mistakes in the passing game and seemed a step slow to plays.

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4 Responses to “First-half observations: Lions vs. Jets”

  1. By Ghost on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    I am glad I live in Texas now so the fans can’t track me down and string me up for saying this, but I’m not so sure that Matt is the be all and end all we though he was. Before you label me a quisling keep in mind I have been a fan since the early days of Bobby Layne and suffered through a 50 some year drought.

  2. By Black Wolf Standing on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    100% agree with you 20man. Ashley Palmer looked very good and solid. Of the all the LB’s, Ashley Palmer stood out. If he keeps his intensity up, he will make a great third LB.

    Way to go Ashley. Gratz!

    I also seen an interview during the game with Stafford. He took ownership of the mistakes the offense made. He didn’t play the blame game like some other high paid QB’s do. And I have always said, taking ownership of the problems on offense is the first step to correcting them. I think after this season, we might actually begin to call Stafford one of the elite QB’s in the league.

    Our starting safeties looked awesome. Our starting CB’s on the other hand, needed work. Too many bad plays. Not making sure cover was there before handing off WR’s to the next level of defense. Being out of position to defend passes. Slipping and falling. Just Argh!

    Even though this happened in the second half, anybody notice that 28 yrd reception by Kris Durham?

  3. By stafffan on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    I’m from Athens, Ga. and I never thought Kris Durham would make it as a pro. I’m starting to believe different. He may be a late bloomer who could turn out to be very good. Nice size and nice hands.

  4. By Raymond on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply

    Stafford needs to step his game up he is surrounded with plenty of offense.he has all the tools take charge and lead the offense.

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