By Sonja Greenfield @Mom23RN
Lions 28 Saints 13
The Detroit Lions were back at it again this week on the road against the New Orleans Saints. We all know that the Saints are a pretty good team at home.
Despite their current record, their quarterback is Drew Brees. And he’s pretty good. Who knew how Detroit’s patchwork defense would stack up against him. That was one thing that was working against them. Also, the Lions hadn’t won a road game in the week after Thanksgiving since 1974, which equals 22 losses.
One thing we knew for sure, the Lions would be trailing in the 4th quarter. They’ve done it all year, so why stop now. Except that they did. The Lions put together a start to finish team game.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford set a new Lions record by completing 13 straight passes in the first half. Running back Zach Zenner lead the team with 40 yards rushing and gave a much needed spark to the run game.
The Lions defense held the Saints to under 20 points. At home. You really can’t do too much better than that. They owned the time of possession: The Lions had the ball for almost 37 minutes, while the Saints only had the ball for 23. They also picked off Brees 2 times. OK 3. The last one that was intercepted by rookie S Miles Killebrew at the end of the game didn’t really “count”.
A win is a win. And it was great to have the excitement throughout the game, and not just the 4th quarter.
King Of The Pride: That’s right, my quarterback, Matthew Stafford. He took some hits, but as usual he was whipping the ball down the field and making some amazing plays to his team. He threw for 341 yards, and 2 TDs. Quite frankly, the MVP talk is starting to heat up, and honestly, as much as some would like to think otherwise, this team wouldn’t be in 1st place without him. Honorary mention goes to T.J. Jones who was signed off of the practice squad this week to replace Marvin Jones. He had 3 catches for 49 yards.
Not King Of The Pride: Running back Theo Riddick. The Lions continue to have issues in the run game. They rushed for a total of 85 yards. He was in the game, he only rushed for 2 yards on 4 carries. I’m hopeful though that one day, the Lions will have a pretty balanced attack.
Next Up: The Chicago Bears come to town. Earlier in the season they upset the Lions 17-14 at Solider Field. With a Bears team that is pretty banged up, and has Matt Barkely as their quarterback, this should be an interesting game, and another chance for a good team win.
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