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There were several key takeaways from this game, and sadly, not many of them were positive ones. Joique Bell was very solid, in a game where Reggie Bush lost yet another fumble which resulted in a field goal for the New York Giants. Bell led the Detroit Lions in both rushing and receiving for a combined 154 yards of the Lions 355 total yards. This solidifies two things, both of which we already pretty much knew, that when Calvin Johnson is not one hundred percent, the offense sputters. The second would be that the Detroit Lions absolutely must get a deal worked out with Joique Bell once the season is over. The defense only gave up 41 yards on the ground, but it was the very injured secondary that gave up a couple of key conversions and the lone Giants offensive touchdown. Ultimately, the defense played very well and kept Detroit in the game, especially after a Nick Fairley safety on Eli Manning to cut the Giants lead to one point at 13-12.
Matthew Stafford had another lackluster game, and it started right away by taking a sack to put the Lions out of field goal range. There were a lot of drops by the Lions receivers again which doesn’t help his cause. A ball that led tight end Joseph Fauria a little too far ended up being tipped to Giants safety Will Hill, who returned it for six. The second interception was by Justin Tuck who jumped to block a pass at the line of scrimmage, and the ball just seemed to stick to his chest, nonetheless, it was another turnover for the Lions, and the 19th interception for Matthew Stafford.
Bill Bentley went out with a head injury in the second quarter after colliding with Louis Delmas in the endzone on the Manning to Jerrel Jernigan connection for a score. As of this article there is no official update on Bill, but we can assume he will be going through a string of concussion tests throughout the week.
This game marks the sixth time that the Detroit Lions have had a lead in the fourth quarter, only to blow it and come up on the short end of the stick.
If you thought Jim Schwartz’s proverbial seat was hot before the game, you may want to step away before you get burned, as it has to be scorching after the loss today. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan may be right next to Schwartz as well after questionable plays being called more often than not.
The Lions head to Minnesota next week to finish out the season that can be summed up in one word, “disappointing.”
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