Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: They Call Him Megatron for a Reason

I almost turned my TV off. During the first half I thought my television slipped into a Twilight Zone episode showing me a Lions game from 2008 when the Lions were down 21-0 by the end of the first half in every game. WOW, The Detroit freaking Lions just put a an early stamp on what could become a magical season. Did I really see that? MY Lions came back from being down 20-0 at halftime to win the game 26-23 in overtime inside that noise factory called the Metrodome?

I, like everyone else watching the game, was certain that the Lions sky high hopes for this season had crashed to earth after seeing that first half. I did take some consolation in the fact that it was ONLY 20-0 at the half. The way the Vikings were playing with their backs against the wall clearly had the Lions back on their heels. The Lions were so bad in the first half even their coaches sucked. They were totally lost.

They snapped out of it and went to Calvin Johnson right away and never looked back. They turned what could have been a good opportunity for the haters to say “I knew it! Same Ol’ Lions” into the game everyone will look back on and remember as the game that made the Lions legit.

Once the Lions got going they made it look easy. They played smart. Brandon Pettigrew is going to soon be mentioned with the Stafford’s and Suh’s when fans think of the Detroit Lions. What can you say about budding “next great quarterback in the NFL” Matthew Stafford? He is the reason that the Lions are 3-0. He was born to play quarterback in the NFL.

“They call him Megatron for a reason”, said Viking cornerback Chris Cook. Calvin Johnson is the first player in NFL history to get two touchdown passes in each of the first 3 games of the season. Hell, it’s been three games and he’s ONLY 17 away from the record for touchdown catches for the season. There doesn’t seem to be a catch he can’t make. You combine that with a quarterback who can make every throw invented and you have the BEST quarterback/wide receiver combination in the NFL.

The only bad thing to come out of this, and thankfully there were no major injuries, was the play of the offensive line. It’s becoming increasingly clear that they can’t open holes for the running game. Their tackles are prone to getting beat by any above average defensive end. Gosder Cherilus was yanked after only two offensive series. I really hope that they spend some high draft picks on offesive lineman. We’ll be in for a fun season if that’s as bad as it gets!

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  • quarter2midnite

    One bad game does not a bad offensive line make. Yeah, they kinda sucked in the first half, and a few times in the second, but don’t forget that they hadn’t allowed a sack until Sundays game. Backus did get beat like he stole something a few times, but all-in-all, the line did what was needed to help pull out this win. I still think that they’ll get better every week, just be patient with them. When Jason Fox comes back, that’ll be a big help, too.

  • NateWashuta

    The interior of the line played well. I don’t recall seeing any pressure by the DTs. All 3 of the tackles got beat like they stole something at one point or another, but most of those were problems dealing with the speed rush, which was mostly a product of crowd noise. Not good, but it shouldn’t be so bad for most of the rest of the season, especially at home.

  • auggonesales

    Kind of surprised you say “I like everyone else watching”.

    Even as the vikings scored their final touchdown to go up 20-0, I was not worried at all. You could see that the lions were slowly understanding how to slow down the vikings offense and prevail with their own offensive attack.

    Kind of dramatic writing if you ask me.

    I think we all expect something more from this team, and if you were giving up after 30 minutes, I dont know how much of an insider you really are. Do you really believe what you wrote, or was that just for effect?

  • AdamPeriard

    I was also surprised about the ” everyone else watching” quote. I have about 100 witnesses at a sports bar in Cleveland that I never doubted for one minute the coaching staff would make halftime adjustments. They did it last week. I stopped reading right after that comment. You lose all credibility!