Scanning the Savanna: What They’re Saying About the Detroit Lions’ Loss

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We know that Detroit Lions super-tackle Ndamukong Suh(notes) doesn’t have a lot of respect for quarterbacks — he’s exhibited this through his NFL career with roughing the passer penalties that have been legit at times, and he’s displayed a certain proclivity for twisting the heads of certain Ohio-based quarterbacks (specifically, Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme(notes) in 2010 and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton(notes) in 2011) as if they were bottle tops. But according to several members of the Atlanta Falcons’ offense, Suh took things way too far after Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan(notes) was injured on a freak play in the third quarter of the Falcons’ 23-16 win at Detroit’s Ford Field.

With starting running back Jahvid Best sidelined with a concussion, the Detorit Lions turned to backups Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to shoulder the load on the ground against Atlanta.

The duo proved capable, picking up 94 yards on 18 combined carries.

They didn’t want Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, a former Bulldog, and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, a former Yellow Jacket, to have a field day on Sunday at Ford Field.

“We missed opportunities,” Stafford said. “I missed Calvin on a touchdown pass. There were some other opportunities in the game where we just didn’t connect.”

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons Calvin Johnson Cliff Avril Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Ndamukong Suh