Mistakes have plagued the Lions for years, and their big Monday night meeting with the Ravens is no exception.
Baltimore took a 9-7 halftime lead on the strength of three Justin Tucker field goals in the second quarter, and the Lions’ defensive penalties were a big help to the Ravens’ offense. An offside on defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, a facemask on cornerback Jonte Green, a defensive pass interference on cornerback Don Carey and a helmet to helmet hit on safety Louis Delmas all helped the Ravens’ offense.
Mistakes also came from an unlikely source in Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who had two costly dropped passes. After scoring a touchdown on their first drive, the Lions’ offense was ineffective the rest of the first half.
If Lions coach Jim Schwartz has anything left to say to his players to get them to stop making mistakes, this halftime would be a good time to say it. Schwartz is coaching for his job, and the Lions look undisciplined.