As has become my custom, I proposed five things to watch during the Lions game in Dallas. Here they are again in review:
1. Tony Romo’s Face
The Lions did a terrible job of making Tony Romo uncomfortable early in the game. If his ribs were bothering him, he did an awfully good job hiding it and the lack of quarterback hits from the defensive line kept the ribs from becoming an issue. If Romo was ever caught wincing by the television cameras, I didn’t see it. At least Romo’s face didn’t have any reason to smile by game’s end.
2. The First Quarter
The Lions have now put together back to back bad first quarters. Their opening drive ended in an interception giving the Cowboys a short field on their way to a 7-0 lead. The first quarter would have ended much uglier had it not been for a stout defensive stand that resulted in a Dallas turnover on downs at the Lions one.
The Lions had six scoring plays and four of them were touchdowns. That is a percentage everyone can live with and it is the reason the Lions were able to come from behind. A 24-point comeback isn’t possible three points at a time. It takes bigger chunks and the Lions got that from their defense and their offense.
4. Catches by Running Backs
Felix Jones caught five passes out of the Dallas backfield but Jahvid Best had only two. The Cowboys used a lot of screen passes effectively to neutralize the Lions pass rush but the Lions didn’t match that approach.
5. Calvin Johnson
I told you to watch for him, apparently Rob Ryan isn’t a SideLion Report reader. Calvin Johnson stepped up when his team, and his quarterback, needed him most. Calvin Johnson’s touchdown catches helped account for 14 of the team’s 17 fourth quarter points that led to the victory. Megatron is now the only player in league history with two touchdown catches in each of his first four games. Keep watching him, he’s good.