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As usual, sloppy Lions fall behind early

Detroit Lions running back Bell is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brinkley during the first half of their NFL football game in Minneapolis Reuters

After falling behind in the first half of the first seven games this season, the Lions jumped out to a quick lead last week against the Jaguars, raising hopes in Detroit that maybe the Lions would finally prove to be a team capable of playing well for 60 minutes.

Yeah, not quite.

Instead, the Lions got off to their usual sloppy start, with penalties, turnovers and blown coverages allowing the Vikings to get out to a quick 10-0 lead.

On Minnesota’s first possession, the Lions’ defense allowed Jarius Wright to get wide open for a 54-yard gain, then allowed him to get open in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown. The Lions then responded on offense with Matthew Stafford throwing an off-balance, sidearm interception to set Minnesota up in field goal range for a 10-0 lead.

For most of this season the Lions have been a lot better late in games than early in games. They’ll need to be again in Minnesota today.

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4 Responses to “As usual, sloppy Lions fall behind early”
  1. purplengold says: Nov 11, 2012 1:51 PM

    Glad to see Jarius in the mix, nice photo. Thinking about you and your family, hrmlss.

  2. metrocritical says: Nov 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    No surprise here. So far the Lions have edged past a poor Rams team, slipped the struggling Eagles, squeaked past a spunky but under talented Seahawks team and pounded the terrible Jaguars. Meanwhile, a bad Tennessee team and three quality teams have either smacked them around or let them do what they do best: Self destruct. For anyone who has watched the Lions closely, from offseason personnel moves to the game to game performances, it is time to question whether Mayhew and Schwartz have taken the team as far as they can go.

  3. juanhughjazz says: Nov 11, 2012 3:55 PM

    The NFL has figured out how to neutralize Calvin Johnson. Punish him with headshots, and undercut him when he jumps high. I hope the Lions return the favor the rest of season while they play out the string. When it happens to a team that matters, maybe the League will do something about it.

  4. jokendave says: Nov 11, 2012 8:10 PM

    “the Lions’ defense allowed Jarius Wright to get wide open for a 54-yard gain, then allowed him to get open in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown.”
    How about the Vikings “TOOK” the lead from the Lions to start off the game. Nobody “allowed anything. It was taken!

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