The Detroit Lions defeated the New York Jets today 24-17 in a Week 4 matchup that lived up to something different from what a lot of people would’ve expected. While many anticipated both defenses to be on strong display all afternoon, the Lions offense gradually outpaced the Jets’ defense by the end.
On the first drive, the Jets were able to dink and dunk 71 yards over 14 plays but Detroit’s defense still forced New York to settle for just three. Containment was an early trend for both teams, as the Lions were also only able to register three by the end of the first quarter. And despite a nice first half rapport between QB Matthew Stafford and WR Golden Tate, the Jets kept WR Calvin Johnson virtually silent all afternoon. By the end of the first half, however, the Lions’ offense came alive as Stafford showed steady improvement while picking apart New York’s injured secondary with touchdowns to WR Jeremy Ross and TE Eric Ebron. And even without a dominating performance by Johnson, Stafford didn’t let down, ultimately finishing by going 24 of 34 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. While the Jets’ containment of Johnson was a bit surprising, as expected New York made Detroit’s running game look embarrassing for a fourth straight week. RB Reggie Bush extended his streak of mediocrity with under 50 yards, but all in all the Lions’ offense played well against the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL.
Defensively the Lions kept their dominant 2014 campaign rolling. LB DeAndre Levy anchored the defense as usual, finishing with 11 tackles. Equally as exciting was LB Tamir Whitehead, who looked very poised in his new starting middle linebacker position; he wrapped the game up with 12 tackles. All in all, the key for Detroit was to stop New York’s dual run threat of RBs Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson. By only giving the Jets 132 rush yards –and showing extreme offensive improvement- the Lions not only rose to the occasion, but also maintained control of the NFC North with a hard earned win.
Tune in for more tomorrow.