Game #8 at Detroit Lions Review

This one was a tough one to stomach watching again but I made it. The first half of the game was just weird. Vick was deadly accurate putting 12 of 13 passes right where he needed to. On the other hand, he also put the ball on the ground and threw a bone-headed interception which directly led to 14 of the Lions 17 first half points. In the second half, he wasn’t as accurate but still accurate enough if the wide receivers could have held onto the ball. Combine all that with the fact that our defense didn’t hold up in the second half and giving up several big runs to Kevin Jones and it just wasn’t pretty.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (11/51), Vick (10/80), Norwood (5/34). It’s really a shame we didn’t commit more to the run as we were obviously able to gain ground on them. Dunn was hit and miss but Norwood and Vick had their usually success except for the very costly fumble that Vick had on the first drive. 5 of Dunn’s carries went for 4 or more yards and Norwood had 4 of his 5 carries go for 4 yards or more.

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 17/32, 163 yards, 1 TD/2 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 4 bad throws,2 passes defended, 1 throw away and 8 drops. The bad throws number was below the 20% mark, however, 1 of them was the INT that was a gift 7 points to the Lions.

Drops (8): Crumpler 2 (6), Jenkins 2 (8), Lelie 2 (3), White 1 (5), Griffith 1 (1).

Sack responsibility (2): The first sack was Vick’s fumble which was obviously on him and the second also falls on Vick as he dropped back, rolled right and Daniel Bullocks was waiting on him. This wasn’t due to the o-line but more that Bullocks was spying Vick on the play and held too long.

Pass blocking: Very solid effort. Vick didn’t have tons and tons of time but had enough to be effective.

YTD Sacks (23):

Vick 13 (4 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Lehr 2.5
Forney 2
Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 2.5
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 1.0

Note: Vick sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away.

Defense:

Run defense: Wasn’t as bad as the stat line would appear. Most of Jones’ carries were for 2 or 3 yards at best. He did gash the defense for 35 yard TD but other than that he was pretty much bottled up.

Pass Defense: We still don’t cover running backs and tight ends in our zone scheme and they took advantage of it. Also, the long TD to Roy Williams where Omare Lowe got toasted is the same exact play that Chris Henry scored on in the previous week. It would seem that people are learning from our game film but we are not learning from our own mistakes it would seem.

3 sacks: Milloy had 1 on a blitz, Brooking got one on a hustle play when Kitna scrambled and Mallard got the other sack along with a forced fumble that went out of bounds unfortunately.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 3 kickoff returns for 31, 22, and 26 yards. Norwood had 2 for 9 and 10 yards. Rossum had a decent day while Norwood struggled.

Rossum had 2 punt returns for -1 and 12. One okay return and one bad return.

Koenen had 6 punts. 1: 39 yards, returned for 30. 2: 47 yards, fair catch inside the 20. 3: 42 yards, no return yards. 4: 55 yards, touchback. 5: 24 yards, out of bounds. Shank city. 6: 31 yards, fair catch inside the 20. Very mediocre.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 3 kickoffs: 1: to the 5, returned to the 23. 2: to the goal line, returned 28 yards. 3: to the end zone, returned to the 18. Good job of kicking, an okay day on coverage by special teams.

Field Goals: None.

Special Teams leading tackler: Carrington, Reese, Koenen, Norwood and J. Williams had 1 each.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Cure the drops. 8 in a game is way too many
2. Cover TE’s and RB’s as well as underneath parts of zone instead of just over the top.
3. Stop long yardage 1st down conversions. We allowed 4 3rd and long conversions on 4 different drives. 2 resulted in turnovers and 2 resulted in 6 total points.

Offensive MVP: Jerious Norwood (5 rushes, 34 yards; 1 reception, 5 yards. No negative plays)
Defensive MVP: Keith Brooking (9 combined tackles, 1 QB hurry, 1 sack)
Special Teams MVP: Morten Andersen (2 extra points)

Goat of the Week: Michael Vick (2 costly turnovers) and the wide receivers (8 drops)
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Next up: vs Cleveland, November 12!