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!