The Detroit Lions’ week two loss at the San Francisco 49ers was the kind of game ripe for Monday morning water cooler talk at the office. Here’s a sampling of what is being said about the game around the internet:
- The Lions surprised some and frustrated most with their insistence on trying to run the ball against the 49ers. ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert points out that the strategy was sound, the Lions just weren’t very good in making it work:
The Lions didn’t lose at Candlestick Park because they ran the ball 26 times and targeted Calvin Johnson and his fellow receivers on only 18 plays. If anything, the Lions absorbed a 27-19 loss because they couldn’t run it better.
What we saw Sunday night was basic football. No offense, not even if it’s led by a receiver like Johnson and a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, can impose its strength when a talented defense like the 49ers is aligned and determined to stop it. And just as they did in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers used a deep zone to take away the Lions’ downfield passing game.
- The 49ers offensive line had plenty of words for the Lions defensive line following the game. From Joe Staley:
“They didn’t want any part of us up front,” Staley told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. It was on a keep or something like that. They weren’t beating us one on one. We ran for about 200 yards (148 yards) on the so-called best D-line in all of football.”