Found December 05, 2011 on
National writers weighed in today about the Detroit Lions' performance in the nationally televised game Sunday night in New Orleans and most of the responses weren't pretty.
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I was originally going to write an article on a different subject, but after the debacle of Sunday Night I feel obligated to throw a new subject out there. While I don’t like throwing stuff against the wall just to see what sticks, I have to consider the following point: would the Detroit Lions be better off under a new head coach? In other words – would the Detroit Lions...
Four downs regarding the Lions' 31-17 loss to the Saints in New Orleans:
Nothing killed the Lions more than penalties.
Jim Schwartz's team simply couldn't stop itself as it committed 11 penalties for 107 yards.
Nate Burleson had three pass interference penalties,
Lions get a first down on the 27.
Kevin Smith is on the sideline walking around.
The NBC broadcast says Smith just got taped up.
Keep an eye on these names below. The Lions and Saints will release names of all inactive players about 90 minutes before kickoff.
For the Lions:
S Louis Delmas (knee) doubtful
CB Chris Houston (knee) doubtful
DE Lawrence Jackson (thigh) out
CB Brandon McDonald (thigh)
Matthew Stafford was back to his pre-injury form, completing 31 of 44 passes (including 23 of his first 27) for a season-high 408 yards. He underthrew a deep ball to Calvin Johnson that would have been a touchdown, but was sharp otherwise and did well buying time with his feet. Stafford's only interception came on a fourth-down play with the game out of hand when he was flushed...
More offensive confusion for the Lions.
Kevin Smith got nabbed with a holding penalty, negating a Tony Scheffler catch for a first down.
Now Detroit has a third-and-18. Penalties are already killing this team in the first quarter.
The Lions remain out of the top 10 in various power rankings. Last week's rankings in parentheses: FOXSPORTS.COM, 11 (11): "They still have way too many question marks in the run game and on defense." ESPN.COM 12 (11)
Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he isn't worried about the car crash defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh got involved in last weekend in Portland, Ore. Schwartz told a Detroit radio station Tuesday he believes his star second-year player is under "too much of a microscope" because of the off-field incident.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two women say they were injured when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland over the weekend.
Lions get the ball to start the second half, but it might not matter now.
This game is really starting to get out of hands. Saints fans are yelling "Who dat, who dat" and sounds really disruptive during the broadcast.
Drew Brees has already completed 17-of-22 passes for 252 yards
Defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril were non-factors against the New Orleans Saints.
Whether it was before the whistle or after, a lack of discipline continued to plague the struggling Detroit Lions
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police have no plans to further investigate a car accident involving Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after two women claimed they suffered injuries in the wreck.