Allen Park — The losses are piling up and playoff hopes are dwindling, but it’s still worth exploring what’s going right and wrong with the Lions each week. We reviewed the film of all 162 plays from the team’s 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and here are 10 observations.
The most-discussed Cheap Jerseys snap from Sunday’s game came when the Lions opted to field a baseball team instead of a football team, defending a third-down pass play with only nine men.
What happened exactly, well, we may never know. The players who have talked about it seem just as confused as outside observers by the operation leading up to snap. Coach Jim Caldwell has repeatedly shouldered all the blame for the “horrendous” situation, as he labeled it, but has also declined to offer specifics on the sideline breakdown.
Looking back at the Lions’ third-down packages throughout the game, defensive end Anthony Zettel was on the field, working as an interior pass-rusher, for all but one. Yet, he inexplicably left the field following the second-down incompletion he forced with a hit on quarterback Joe Flacco. The Lions were also missing a nickelback on the play, a role that had been filled by Cheap nfl Jerseys rookie Teez Tabor much of the first three quarters.
In the immediate aftermath of second down, when there was some uncertainty whether Flacco fumbled or the play would be ruled incomplete, Tabor is seen strapping on his helmet and stepping toward the field. It remains unclear what happened when the cameras cut away.
There was clear confusion on the defense prior to the snap, but it’s not like the Ravens rushed getting a play off. They didn’t snap the ball until the play clock was under 10, more than enough time for the Lions to call timeout. Instead, Baltimore completed a 23-yard pass down to the 10-yard line.
Undrafted rookie Customized Jerseys Tion Green made his long-awaited debut, and made those clamoring for his opportunity look brilliant by ripping off a 33-yard gain on his first carry, early in the second quarter.
The run, an outside zone, heading left out of a shotgun formation, was successful not so much because of Green, but because of the exceptional blocking he received.
The Lions lined up with two tight ends — Darren Fells and Michael Roberts — off left tackle. The tandem did an outstanding job on the snap, working in tandem to seal 340-pound defensive tackle Brandon Williams inside, while Roberts smoothly broke off the combination block to put a body on linebacker Patrick Onwuasor in the second level.
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Robinson and left tackle Taylor Decker kicked out on the play, behind the tight ends. Decker pancaked All-Pro edge defender Terrell Suggs in the backfield, while Robinson laid waste to cornerback Marlon Humphrey on the perimeter.
Green came around the edge clean and angled his run toward the sideline to negate the pursuit of the backside defenders. He was 27 yards downfield before he was even touched by a Ravens player.
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