Detroit Lions continue to show toughness in win over Philly
By Ryan Russell
The Detroit Lions played yet another physical game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly tested Lion’s mettle and Detroit answered with a roar!
The Detroit Lions walked into Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles as an underdog. The Lions showed what they are made of and walked out as the too dog.
The Lions offense looked good, not great. The defense was also good, not great. Special teams showed up today and came with some improved play and discipline. The coaching staff did a good job with clock management and play calls for the majority of the game as well. Detroit looked prepared.
The Lions offense had a total of 287 yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford went 18/32 for 291 yards zero picks and one touchdown. The other 86 yards of offense were found on the ground between a committee of Detroit running backs including Kerryon Johnson, Ty Johnson, and J.D. McKissic. Kerryon Johnson had one rushing touchdown. The Lions offensive line didn’t give up any sacks either.
The Lions special teams showed some improvement today. Penalties were held to a minimum on special teams as well. Cornerback and return man, Jamal Agnew had a bit of redemption today after a rocky start to the season. Agnew returned a 100-yard kickoff on the Lion’s first possession of the game.
Detroit’s defense played a very well game. The defense ended up causing three fumbles and recovering two of them fumbles. The Lions offense capitalized with a field goal off of each turnover.
It appeared to me that the Lions were about to run away with this game after the half, but Detroit’s defense started to get tired. About halfway through the third quarter the Lions defensive line was playing high and had their hands on hips between plays. This is usually a sign of fatigue.
The Eagles came storming back and put the pressure on both the Lions offense and defense. Detroit stood strong and did their job. The defensive line caught a second wind with just minutes left in the fourth quarter and got some pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. The Lions defense held on in the end and preserved the win.
Also worth noting, the Lions star cornerback Darius Slay left the game early with what appeared to be a hamstring injury but has not been confirmed. Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels also exited the game early with a foot injury. He was spotted after the game with a boot on his foot and a crutch.
The Detroit Lions just keep going out and proving the critics wrong. Here they are sitting at 2-0-1 and second in the NFC North. This team was predicted to go 3-13 by some. The Lions are a tough football team and I’m going to say it again … Every game this Detroit Lions team is in will be a dog fight. The Lions have restored the roar in Motown and there are 31 other teams that better start taking notice. This is a good, smart, tough, and aggressive football team!