Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets: The Good and The Bad

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The Bad

I shamelessly used my own tweet here. But it was the best way to explain the little scoot that Kellen Moore did on his scramble for a first down. Unfortunately there isn’t much else that was positive about Kellen Moore’s performance. Even the fan boys have to admit that Moore looked bad. Moore finished with nine completions out of 17 attempts for 67 yards and an interception. The interception was a poor choice as he went back to well one too many times and threw the same pass to Salas, who ran the same route. The Jet’s picked up on it quickly.

Poor choices and poor passes will be what hurts Moore in his pursuit of the number two spot. Orlovsky’s night wasn’t much better.

Defense struggles early

This is sort of a minor miss for the Lions. While they had trouble getting their barring’s early, they cleaned up later. What was concerning was watching Chris Ivory carve the up on the ground. The Lions were missing Haloti Ngata in that aspect and it showed. The Lions defensive line must shake off this rough start and go to work early next week.

The defense did manage to shake it off after the Jet’s first series. But the last thing the Lions need is for their defense to adopt the slow start trait that the offense had in 2014.

Winn vs. Zenner left a lot to be desired

Aug 28, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions running back George Winn (38) runs the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

I will say this, Zach Zenner played alright. 13 carries for 55 yards is nothing to balk at for a guy that’s making his NFL debut. This is listed in the bad section because I expect George Winn to put up a major fight. What I got was five carries for three yards.

George Winn must come out of the corner swinging against the Redskins next week. If he can’t, he’s as good as gone in 2015.

Mike Payton is an Editor at SideLion Report. He is from Holland, Michigan by way of Warren, Michigan. He considers himself to be obsessed with the Detroit Lions. Mike’s work has been featured on ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio and Mike is also a recurring guest on It is what is with Sean Baligian on ESPN 96.1.  Follow Mike Payton on Twitter @Lionmike26

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