Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have 8 TD
Just last week the Detroit Lions were celebrating a second half surge to victory over the Minnesota Vikings. As if that did not create enough anxiety in the hearts of many Lions fans, they decided that a second dance with the devil was warranted. Sunday, the Lions managed to absolutely lay an egg in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo looked unstoppable and Matthew Stafford could not get anything going to save his life. It appeared that the Detroit defense had all but thrown in the towel going into halftime and the offense was almost non-existent albeit a Jason Hanson FG. Jim Schwartz must have pulled out the Kool Aid at halftime because the Lions looked reborn, yet again, in the second half.
The Lions started closing the 24 point gap when former Cowboy’s first round pick, Bobby Carpenter returned an interception for a touchdown to make it a 27-10 deficit. On the following series, Romo managed to find another Lions defender. This time, he was intercepted by Chris Houston who took it to the house for six. This score shortened the gap to 10. The Cowboys managed to put another FG up on the board to make it an even 30 spot. That would be all of the scoring they would do for the afternoon.
Entering the fourth quarter, Stafford and company still had a 13 point hill to climb, but wasted no time chipping away at it. The Lions opened the scoring in an all too familiar fashion as Stafford found Megatron for a 23 yard strike. Stafford heaved a pass into the end zone and Johnson leaped up and snagged it out of the air in triple coverage. The Cowboys and Lions would exchange punts before another Hanson FG to make it 30-27. Romo then proceeded to throw a third interception in the second half as Stephen Tulloch jumped up and bit on the ball thrown across the middle. The Lions would feast on this mistake as Stafford would again hook up with Johnson for their 2nd connection of the day. This TD would give the Lions their first lead of the game and close out the scoring. It would also mark Johnson’s fourth consecutive 2-TD game and thus tie an NFL record. The Cowboys would have one last stab at a score but the Lions kept them in check and forced a turnover on downs only to see Stafford take the victory knee.
The 4-0 Lions will host the divisional rival Chicago Bears. The Bears are off to a 2-2 start and will look to get back to their winning ways on Monday Night Football. The Lions should be the clear favorite to win the game, however do not be surprised if the Bears make a contest out of the match up.
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