Handing Out Game Balls to Lions that Took Their Talents to South Beach

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The Lions had such a good time traveling to Florida and winning a game they thought they would do it again this week.

It is a lot more fun to hand out game balls when the Lions win. Through three quarters it was looking doubtful that I would have such an opportunity. Truth be told, I was having a hard time coming up with some names that even deserved to be singled out for good performances. Thankfully it is a four quarter game.

This week’s game balls go to the following Lions:

DeAndre Levy
Levy’s pick-six was obviously a huge play that helped determine the final outcome of the game. It doesn’t take a particularly observant fan to realize the difference in the Lions defense when Levy is out of the lineup compared to when he is in it. Levy’s name doesn’t come up as often as some others when listing the young players that will serve as cornerstones of the Lions organization going forward. Hopefully today did something to change that.

Nathan Vasher
Like Levy, Vasher’s biggest moments came in winning time. It was Vasher’s interception that put the Lions in position to kick the game tying field goal and it was his great tackle that kept Ronnie Brown in bounds that allowed the final ticks to come off the clock. Vasher finished the game with a total of eight tackles.

Brandon Pettigrew
The Lions passing game didn’t have many consistent performers. Pettigrew had his ups and downs but he was crucial in getting the Lions offense going early in the second quarter.

Honorable Mentions
Bobby Carpenter – He made you notice him today, in a good way. Team leader in tackles and all over the field.

Dave Rayner – His first field goal looks like a simple 39-yarder in the box score but it was into a 30+ mph wind. His 47-yarder tied that game and went right down the middle. He deserves recognition for the way he has handled the kicking duties in Jason Hanson’s absence.

The entire defensive line – On any given play any one of the Lions defensive lineman could be making a huge play. The most impressive thing about their play is that they find a number of ways to be disruptive. They only had two sacks today but their presence was most certainly felt.

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