Thanks to Joshua over at DetFan1979’s Roar of the Lions, SideLion Report is part of what is called the Lions Congregation.
Longtime readers will remember this as a weekly feature and Joshua is revving it back up with a special three question edition. The same question(s) go out to a panel of Lions bloggers to get a variety of answers and opinions.
Here are my answers to this week’s questions:
1. Based on the Lions active roster in their first meeting meeting with the Saints versus who should be active and healthy on Saturday, how do you feel the Lions defense will stack up versus the Saints?
Any defense is at a disadvantage against the Saints offense. While the Lions look to have the benefit of a healthy defensive roster, their ability to hang with the Saints will come down to execution, not personnel. If the Lions look to wrap up and tackle rather than just hitting then they can limit the damage. This is especially true with Darren Sproles who can turn a minimal gain into something big in a flash.
2. Based on the Lions active roster in their first meeting with the Saints versus who should be active and healthy on Saturday, how do you feel the Lions Offense will stack up versus the Saints?
The Lions offense moved the ball in their first meeting with the Saints and we should expect them to do so again. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have played their best ball since the first meeting so it will be fun to see what they can do in a rematch, especially if the Lions handle the blitz-happy Saints’ pressure. Kevin Smith also figures to be healthier this time around and any explosion he can give them in the running game will be a bonus.
3. How do you feel this mostly young, emotional team will fare under the pressure of a high profile playoff game? (coach Schwartz included)?
I see the Lions’ biggest problems in this game being between the lines, not between the ears. If we can’t have confidence in this team knowing the stakes are high and acting appropriately then we don’t have any reason to watch the game on Saturday. It will be up to the leaders with playoff experience (coaches included) to prepare the rest of the differences of playoff football and how to keep the emotions in check
You can read answers from each panel member on Friday at Roar of the Lions.
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