Don’t get too excited about Sunday’s close contest because, in many ways, it wasn’t really that close at all.
If there’s anything you can draw from the first few weeks of the season in the NFC North, it is that the dink-and-dunk offense can take you to the brink of victory.
With 1,000-yard rusher Ryan Grant on injured reserve and thumping fullback Quinn Johnson in street clothes as a surprise inactive, Cunningham had reason to take a “show me” approach to the backfield of John Kuhn and Korey Hall.
They still torment as much as they tease, hovering just close enough to the light that shines upon teams that create their own good fortune. But then the glare inevitably gets in the Lions’ eyes and they come crashing back to their twisted reality.
Shaun Hill would like a couple plays back from the Lions’ 28-26 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Particularly his two interceptions. But overall the Lions quarterback led an offensive charge that finished with 431 net yards, 308 of them passing yards. Comparatively, the Packers finished with 261 net yards, 169 from passing.
They made some plays. Quite a few, actually. Not the biggest play or the last play or the most important play, of course, but the Lions showed signs of gradual, tortuous progress.
Topics: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Shaun Hill