The talking points
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett discusses the top issues from Sunday’s loss to the Bengals:
Line 'em up
One of the most pleasant surprises of the season the Lions’ offensive line left Sunday’s game in a state of disrepair.
Left tackle Riley Reiff left in the first half with a hamstring injury. He was forced to return in the fourth quarter when right tackle Corey Hilliard went down with a knee injury. Hilliard is scheduled for an MRI today. Jason Fox who opened the season as the Lions’ starting right tackle missed his second straight game with a knee injury.
Undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle who held his own as a fill-in on both sides Sunday is the only healthy tackle heading into a crucial home game against the Cowboys so the Lions make have to make a move at the position.
Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green maybe the two best receivers on the planet put on a clinic Sunday. Johnson had nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Green caught s...