QB Revolving Door Somehow Working For the Detroit Lions

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Shaun Hill lined up under center once again for the Detroit Lions on Sunday in their quest to take down the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Broward County, Florida. Up until Sunday, the highlight of the stadium’s history was being the backdrop for pivotal scenes in Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Now it’s known as the place where Detroit won two consecutive road games for the first time since 1993.

As mentioned numerous times in this blog, Jim Schwartz has changed the culture surrounding the Lions. Tradition should not be a primary concern because the players and the coaching staff are not culpable for the collective futility of the franchise. The pick six near the end of the game by DeAndre Levy was the difference in the outcome and eventually allowed the Lions to put the finishing touches on their 34-27 victory over the Dolphins.

By Patrick Herbert

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Alphonso Smith is the Goat for the Lions, Brady Hero for the Pats

The Detroit Lions fell flat on the biggest stage of the season for that franchise. I am talking about a figurative stage, not the one that Michigan born and bred Kid Rock performed on during the half. In fairness, the team did play well for the majority of the game. They did, however, fall flat on their face during the latter moments of play on Thursday. The few bright spots of the game included inspired performances by defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and special teams guru Stefan Logan.

The defeat by three touchdowns (45-24) to the New England Patriots can be misleading because it implies that the Lions were beaten off the ball at the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Brett Favre Is A Better Bargain Than Matthew Stafford

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Jenn Sterger recently met with NFL officials for three hours in an undisclosed location in New York. It is arguable what’s the bigger issue for Favre: this or the Minnesota Vikings current record of 3-5?

Their opponent, the monsters of the midway are actually limping into the game even though their wins and losses are inverse of the Vikings. Most sports books in Las Vegas place Minnesota as a slight favorite even though Percy Harvin is doubtful.

Although, NFL injury reports are about as reliable as investment advice from Bernie Madoff.

Matthew Stafford went down last week in the Detroit Lions loss to the Jets. He once again injured his right shoulder, which haunted him earlier in the season. Shaun Hill is ready to take over once again in his absence.

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Detroit Lions: An Offensive Juggernaut

Through a quarter of the NFL season Shaun Hill has a higher passer rating than Brett Favre.

That statement pretty much sums up how everything is turned upside down in the league this year. The Detroit Lions are very fortunate at this set of circumstances because many of the fringe quarterbacks chose to play in the UFL and their ownership will not release the top performers to the NFL until they complete their schedules.

Daunte Culpepper, Jeff Garcia, and Tim Rattay are not just a phone call away for a needy general manager. Otherwise, one or more of the aforementioned players would already probably be on the Buffalo Bills roster. The Lions had scored the most points of any team in the NFC at the conclusion of their game against the Rams.

By Patrick Herbert

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Minnesota Vikings Defeat: Blame It On the Rain…Yeah Yeah

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Brett Favre was too little, too late to provide a victory for the Minnesota Vikings. It seemed as if they just ran out of time rather than losing the game. The torrential downpour at the new Meadowlands Stadium hurt the men in purple much more than their counterparts.

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Detroit Lions Now Have Some Swag

Nate Burleson almost experienced a Leon Lett moment. Streaking down the center of the field with the football out in front of his body taunting the Saint Louis Rams defenders, he then decided to punt the ball into the air upon the signal of a touchdown from the officials. In another instance of brashness, wide receiver Calvin Johnson leapt up immediately after his one yard touchdown catch and released the ball from his grasp.

I would have thought that he would have held that ball as carefully as a newborn after the incident against the Bears in week one that cost the Lions a division victory.

What these two plays demonstrate is that there is a swagger to the Detroit Lions stemming from their newfound competitiveness.

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Calvin Johnson, Armando Galaragga: Detroit Sports Fans get SHAFTED Again

The start of the NFL season looked extremely promising for fans of the Detroit Lions near the conclusion of their game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Calvin Johnson appeared to have made a tremendous catch in the corner of the end zone. Upon further review, officials at the game negated the outstanding play because players must maintain control of the ball for the entire process of the catch. I must have been watching different games then for the past twenty-five years because I cannot begin to count how many times players have bobbled the ball and come down with possession when they eventually maintained control.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz must be livid at this call, but he was able to maintain composure in his postgame press conference. This is a smart decision because he’s able to now retain his entire salary for coaching this week’s game; Because he successfully avoided the fine that would come from criticizing the incompetence of the officiating.

By Patrick Herbert

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