Detroit Lions Recliner Report – Minnesota Vikings 2

6:30 PM 8 Sep 2013

Long time division rival games in the NFL are usually hard fought, close battles that display the will of men determined to succeed and at all costs dominate the man across from them.  Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings lived up to the NFC North tradition of being Black and Blue.

To call the game bizarre would be a bit of an understatement. The Lions dominated the game in every statistical category and in true Lions fashion they managed to keep the game a nail-biter until the final minute of the game when QB Matthew Stafford was finally able to take a knee in the Victory formation and run the clock out to seal the 34-24 game 1 WIN.

In an earlier article I stated that the game between the Lions and the Vikings to open the season would be a good gauge of how the season will go for the Honolulu Blue Crew. Stupid and untimely penalties continue to plague the Lions, but player leadership was evident in replays on TV. I get the feeling of personal accountability amongst the players that I haven’t felt in many years. If Detroit can clean up the dumb penalties they should be on their way to a stellar season. Judging from game 1, the Detroit Lions will be their own worst enemy this season. Play smart and win big. Play dumb and games will wind up unnecessarily close like this game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Welcome to Detroit Reggie Bush!

Welcome to Detroit Reggie Bush!

RB Reggie Bush demonstrated why the Lions and Lions fans are so high on him. Bush finished the game with 21 carries for 90 yards and a 4.3 yard average to go with 4 receptions for 101 yards a TD compiling a very nice 25.3 yard per catch average. 25 touches of awesomeness. I think it is a pretty safe bet that Reggie will be soaking in an ice bath and visiting the massage therapist because he took some pretty good licks, though. Reggie Bush was a leader of men on the field, and from this fan’s perspective, a vision of awesomeness unseen since Barry Sanders. And, yes, better than former Lions RB Jahvid Best.

RB Joique Bell had a pretty nice game in his own right replacing inactive RB Mikel Leshoure as the teams #2 RB. Bell had 6 carries for 25 yards and 2 TDs to go with 5 receptions for 67 yards. His ability to pick up the blitz and make the right blocks is refreshing to see as well. The development of the dual RB threat of Bush and Bell is going to be fun to watch as the season progresses. The Lions actually had them both on the field at the same time for a number of plays against the Vikings.

Superstar WR Calvin Johnson had a very lackluster performance in the statistical department only racking up 4 receptions for 47 yards. He did just miss on a pair of TD catches to be fair, though. His biggest contribution came from just being present on the field. The Vikings defense, like every other defense the Lions will face, was forced to respect Calvin Johnson and his mere presence on the field.

QB Matthew Stafford still looks like a .500 QB and is up and down again. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 357 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. That is a QB rating of 96.8. He took a couple of good licks himself and demonstrated his toughness and ability to play through pain once again. For all the talk about his mechanics and on-field attitude at times his toughness is one area that should go unquestioned by all fans and critics. Stafford is as tough as nails.

On the defensive side of the ball DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley continue to show their tenacity and aggression and get good push up the middle creating better match-ups for the DEs and blitzing LBs and DBs producing more batted balls (8) and QB hits (6).

DT Ndamukong Suh is a team captain

DT Ndamukong Suh is a team captain

My initial reaction was to blast Suh for his dumb penalty that cost the Lions a TD and was a turning point in the game almost taking a nose dive into the Lions of old. But instead, I saw replays of Suh being the Captain he was voted to be by his teammates and he appeared to realize what he had cost the team. Ndamukong Suh has a negative on-field reputation in the NFL, no matter if it is fair or not, and he will get calls going against him based on his reputation alone. He needs to find a way not to make mistakes at such costly times, but he is a player like Calvin Johnson that presence alone makes a huge difference in the game. Suh’s stats don’t reflect his importance as he only had 1 batted ball and 1 QB hit on the final stat sheet.

DT Nick Fairley showed up in the stats department alright. He had 1 tackle for loss, 1.5 QB sacks, 2 QB hits, and 5 tackles in all. Fairley seemed to be having a lot of fun out there and has adopted some sort of sprinkler move after he makes a good play. Not sure what he is doing there, but as long as it follows big plays I hope I see it a lot more as the season progresses.

I saw S Louis Delmas put vicious hits on his own teammate rookie CB Darius Slay on a couple of different occasions. Delmas might be an emotional leader, but he is about as an out of control player as I have ever seen I think.

Game Balls

RB Reggie Bush is off to a beautiful start to his Lions career – CJ says you’re welcome, but can he get a couple more balls?

RB Joique Bell had a pair of TDs and a very solid day – Here is proof that hard work and determination pays off

Many fans, including myself, questioned the resigning of LB DeAndre Levy in the offseason, but Levy and fellow LB Stephen Tulloch played great games individually – Deuces

LT Riley Reiff handled Vikings DE Jared Allen as well as any LT in the NFL can handle Allen – Welcome to the starting life on an NFL LT. You pass the test!

UDFA TE Joseph Fauria was far and away the better Lions TE on the field – Work on that TD dance! What was that? lmao

S Glover Quin had an INT and showed why he was as coveted and is as import a FA pickup as Reggie Bush – Teach Delmas how to quit hitting his own guys all the time will ya?

Burning Question

RT Jason Fox went out of the game with a reported groin injury. UDFA OL LaAdrian Waddle was inactive for the Vikings game but will Fox’s injury open the position up for Waddle Mountain to take over?

By the Number

Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs 16 28
Passing 1st downs
11 16
Rushing 1st downs
3 10
1st downs from Penalties
2 2
3rd down efficiency
2-10 5-13
4th down efficiency
1-2 0-1
Total Plays 53 77
Total Yards 330 469
Yards per play 6.2 6.1
Total Drives 14 14
Passing 225 352
Comp – Att
18-28 28-43
Yards per pass
8.0 8.2
Interceptions thrown
3 1
Sacks – Yards Lost
3-11 1-5
Rushing 105 117
Rushing Attempts
22 33
Yards per rush
4.8 3.5
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-2 3-6
Penalties 5-52 11-88
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
3 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 1
Possession 23:41 36:19

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