Detroit Lions Pursuit of the NFC North Crown: Week 14

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Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) forces Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) to fumble the ball during the first quarter of a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 Areas For Improvement

Consistency

Last week we saw the defense tally seven sacks, force three turnovers, and the secondary played it’s best game of the season. Can the Lions sustain that level of play on defense?

Offensively the Lions totaled 561 yards and converted 9/12 of their third down tries. Those numbers are likely to come down as the Packers have been atrocious all season defensively. Scott Linehan needs to continue to be creative and the offense as a whole needs to focus more on ball security, because the offense is too good to stall as much as it has this season.

Ball Security

Matthew Stafford has six interceptions and a fumble in two games alone. The offense has a total of nine turnovers in two games to their opponents three.

Can you imagine how bad the Lions would have beaten the Packers had they taken care of the ball?

If the Lions don’t get the turnovers figured out they are going to have a hard time finding success consistently as each week they prove to be their own worst enemy.

Next Opponent: At Philadelphia Eagles

The Lions don’t match up very well defensively against the Eagles speed. Nick Foles has zero interceptions on the year against a Lions secondary that has four interceptions from their safeties and just one interception from their corners. The Lions best chance to win will be to get consistent pressure on Nick Foles just as they did last week against the Packers. Doing so should create more opportunities for turnovers and keep the Lions inconsistent corners from covering too long.

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Topics: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford, NFC, NFC North, NFC North Crown, NFL

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