Lions vs. Ravens Report Card: Detroit falls on record-breaking kick
By Zach Payne
Coaching Staff- 4/5 Stars
Overall, the Lions played a very good game and the coaching staff deserves a lot of credit. The energy was there the whole game, and Detroit was very determined to make a statement against Baltimore.
Dan Campbell tried to be aggressive on fourth down for the third straight week, but penalties forced him out of those situations. He also threw the challenge flag twice, the first challenge failed but the second one succeeded late which resulted in Jamaal Williams being credited with a touchdown.
Aaron Glenn called an outstanding game, this was just his third career game as a defensive coordinator but he was outstanding. Some of the blitzes he called were incredible, and the coverages he called were great as well. Even if there were some miscues by this inexperienced secondary.
It took a while for Anthony Lynn’s offense to pick up steam, but after they figured out how to contain the Ravens pass rush everything started to click. In the first half, Lynn dialed up a lot of deep passes for Goff which never panned out. In the second half, he adjusted to help Goff out with more short and intermediate concepts which worked brilliantly.
There’s not much to say, the Detroit Lions played about as well as you would want them to and it didn’t matter. I would bet most Lions fans would be perfectly fine with the game coming down to a 66-yard attempt, and the ball happened to bounce in.
If not for nothing Detroit proved that they can hang with top competition, and heading into Soldier Field next week for a date with the Bears you can bet this team has some anger they are going to let out.
Final Grade: 4/5 Stars