Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Last week: 20 (+4) Record: 4-4 With the NFC East struggling lately outside of the Giants and the NFC West struggling lately outside of San Francisco and Seattle (who the Lions beat), the Lions are suddenly right back in the thick of things after a disappointing 1-3 start. I think they rank firmly ahead of Philadelphia, Dallas, Minnesota, Arizona, St. Louis, and Washington right now and will be battling the Bears/Packers, Seahawks, and the upstart Buccaneers for the NFC’s 2 wild cards. The schedule won’t be easy, starting with a key game against a struggling and banged up but still 5-4 Minnesota this week in Minneapolis, a team that beat the Lions in Detroit earlier this season. That game could easily have playoff implications. They also face Green Bay twice, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta and host the Colts in a game that won’t be easy either. Studs RB Joique Bell: Rushed for 73 yards (33 after contact) and a touchdown on 13 attempts, 2 broken tackles, caught 3 passes for 36 yards on 4 attempts QB Matt Stafford: 22 of 33 for 285 yards, 2 throw aways, 2 drops, 100.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 9 of 34 drop backs (1 sack, 2 of 8, 2 throw aways) WR Calvin Johnson: Caught 7 passes for 129 yards on 8 attempts on 33 pass snaps, 5.3 YAC per catch WR Ryan Broyles: Caught 6 passes for 52 yards on 6 attempts on 17 pass snaps, 5.3 YAC per catch LG Rob Sims: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 10 yards on 2 attempts C Dominic Raiola: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 32 yards on 8 attempts RG Stephen Peterman: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 4 yards on 3 attempts RT Gosder Cherilus: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 21 yards on 4 attempts SS Erik Coleman: Allowed 3 catches for 52 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop Duds WR Titus Young: Caught 2 passes for 20 yards on 5 attempts on 34 pass snaps, 4.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop TE Brandon Pettigrew: Caught 1 pass for 11 yards on 2 attempts on 27 pass snaps, 0.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop LT Jeff Backus: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 4 quarterback hurries on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 13 yards on 2 attempts DT Ndamukong Suh: Didn’t allow a pressure on 28 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles
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