A loss is a loss, and a win is a win. There are no style points in the NFL these days. However, for fans of the Detroit Lions Sunday's performance was very encouraging, even though they ultimately lost on the last play of the game. There is little doubt that most NFL pundits think of the Cincinnati Bengals as playoff contenders. Well, the Lions were able to play at that level and had opportunities to win this game. It is not perfect, and it will go down as a loss, but given where this team has been recently it should be looked on as a positive rather than a negative.
- Matthew Stafford- 28 for 51 357 yards and three TD's. that is a good stat line made better by no interceptions
- Calvin Johnson- 9 catches for 155 yards, and two TD's
- Stephen Tulloch- 12 tackles 9 solo
- Offensive Chemistry- Stafford and Calvin are in the zone, but there is an overall lack of chemistry between the QB and the rest of the receivers. WR remains an issue for this team and this unit has been very unstable due to personnel and injuries.
- Offensive game plan- the Lions attempted 51 passes and just 25 rushes. They did not gain 100 yards on the ground and that is a real issue. It is too easy to shut down the pass first offense, this team has to have a more balanced attack.
- Sam Martin- the Punter made a big mistake with the game on the line and it wound up costing this team a win. Special teams overall remain a problem on this team and the punting has not been up to par.
All in all the Lions put forth a good effort, and played a complete game. However, there are a number of specific things this team needs to work on. It starts with the coaching and it feels like this is a staff that does not care as much abut special teams maybe it should. It also seems the Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan still need to come up with a better game plan.