Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI - This is Toby Gerhart, apparently he was cloned from Earl Campbell...
First and foremost, let me say this...For the first time in this century, the Lions will not have a losing season....those are big, big words....an amazing feat that the Lions should be proud of...they are officially taking that next step that people in Michigan have been asking for for a long, long time.
But they shouldn't have won yesterday...and not just because I picked them to lose...by a point...which is what they would have lost by if the refs had called one of the most obvious face mask penalties in recent years....but hey, much like a lot...and I mean A LOT of calls all day...the refs decided to overlook this one too.
The refs overlooked a ton of calls...both ways...so if everybody is cheating...then it's "fair."...I guess...I think...
Here are some other thoughts about this game...
1. On the long incompletion to Titus Young...a beautiful laser, put in just the right spot up the left sideline...the reason he didn't catch that ball was because the Vikings defender grabbed his outside arm and pulled it back, before the ball got there...that's called pass interference...
2. Any time that Matthew Stafford feels the pressure and pulls it down...he never seems to look downfield. It's as if he panics early and then tries desperately to escape...these are the mistakes of a rookie qb with mobility...which Stafford isn't...he's not a rookie and he's definitely not mobile. He needs to be coached out of this.
3. Why? Why couldn't the Lions stop Toby Gerhart? He's the reincarnation of Tommy Vardell...maybe Mike Alstot...not Earl Campbell. He's not a speed back. He's a power runner. The strength of the Lions is supposed to be their defensive line and yet they couldn't stop Gerhart from averaging almost ten yards a carry.
4. Why? When the Vikings had only one viable receiver, Percy Harvin, were we completely unable to cover him? How can the Vikings be smart enough to consistently find ways to get Harvin the ball and we can't get more catches for Calvin Johnson? The Lions must be doing something really wrong.
5. The Lions really missed Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly this week. They'll definitely get Suh back for this weeks road game against the Raiders...but you know that every eye in the stadium will be on him and he'll get flagged for anything that is remotely close to a foul.
6. Likewise, the Lions really miss a running game. With Leshoure gone all season, Best now on the IR and Kevin Smith nursing a bad ankle, the Lions have been trying to scrape together some semblance of a rushing attack with Maurice Morris (who has been less than impressive), Keiland Williams (who has looked good at times, but not consistently) and reverses to Stefan Logan and Nate Burleson. This is a team that cannot get one yard late in the game with their running attack. This will not do.
7. Where has Alphonso Smith been all year? I know he came to camp hurt, but last season he was the second best (some might say the best) corner on the team and this year the Lions have played an inexperienced and highly suspect Aaron Berry instead of Smith. I hope to see Smith the rest of the year...at least in the Nickel if nothing else.
8. Are Houston and Delmas coming back? The Lions need them badly.
9. Sure there were no stupid personal foul penalties, but...the Lions still gave up 10 penalties...that's pathetic.
10. In order to make the playoffs, the Lions have to win against both Oakland and San Diego...if they don't, they will not be playing in January.