That means gambling and gritting, right to the final minute. If it requires Matthew Stafford to throw for big yards, and Golden Tate and Zach Zenner to run for tough yards, so be it. If it means Jim Caldwell has to take chances on fourth down, hey, go for it.

The Lions are getting better at utilizing their strengths, partly because they recognize their flaws. They pulled out their second straight victory in almost identical fashion Sunday, rallying to beat the Rams 31-28. Again, it was a late field goal by Matt Prater. Again, it was a late interception, this time by Rafael Bush. And again, it was an aggressiveness borne of desperation, a mentality that could become an identity, if they keep it up.

The Lions are 3-3, with every game decided by a touchdown or less (five decided by four points or fewer). Caldwell said it best after this escape — “we’ve gotten to be comfortable being uncomfortable” — and Stafford showed it best, especially on a fourth-down touchdown pass on when he turned a busted play into a spectacular play.

Read the whole story

Bob.wojnowski@detroitnews.com

Twitter.com: @bobwojnowski

Source: Desperation earns Lions another win – DetNews.com

 

Excerpt from our Recap: Lions offense overcomes sinking defense in 31-28 win over Rams

Jim Caldwell recently admitted that the Lions don’t really do much in the way of adjustments. It was quite clear the way Case Keenum picked them apart with little resistance. Keenum set a franchise record with 19 straight completions en route to throwing 3 touchdowns on 27-32 passing for 321 yards with one interception.

Veteran journeyman, Keenum, looked like anything but as he casually picked apart the Lions all day. He had plenty of time in the pocket and repeatedly found wide open receivers who made big plays of their own, breaking tackles at will and sniffing out the end zone.

Fortunately for the Lions, Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate led Detroit’s offense to an even bigger day.

Despite awful protection and plenty of drops, Stafford completed 23 of his 31 passes for 270 yards and 4 touchdowns without a turnover. Tate, who has struggled this season, broke out in a big way catching 8 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit’s defense was beaten and abused but made the important plays when it mattered. They forced a crucial three and out with five minutes to play giving the Lions a chance to take the lead. After a Matt Prater field goal did exactly that with a minute and change to go, the defense once again stood up, this time, Rafael Bush picking off Keenum’s errant pass to effectively end the game.

Continue Reading…

Social Reactions