Sweet relief! Sweet .500!! The Lions got themselves back-to-back wins with their win over the Rams on Sunday. Somehow they got the win the same way they got one last week: A walk-off interception. Not bad for a defense that's been quite leaky as of late. As always, I have my thoughts. Here are those thoughts.
Golden Tate celebrates with the cheerleaders pic.twitter.com/QWcJPoNOvW— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 16, 2016
Where has this been all year? Golden Tate didn't just have a nice day. He completely went off with eight catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. The king of YAC was YACin' all over the Rams all day long. He averaged 20.6 yards per catch on Sunday. That's pretty god for a guy that some fans wanted to trade a couple weeks ago.
Just Stafford. The man is playing out of his everloving mind right now. I know that everyone looks down on Stafford and blah blah blah, but the man is playing the best ball of his career. He's making throws that nobody else can make. Throws that shouldn't work. Like this one.
Seriously? You have to be kidding me. So reckless, yet so beautiful. I try so hard to not be a slappy sometimes. But right now I don't care. That's amazing.
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I know this game isn't over and y'all don't want to hear this, but Jim Caldwell has done everything right today.— Alex Reno (@alex_reno) October 16, 2016
Reno is right. He tweeted this somewhere around the start of the fourth quarter and things never changed. Caldwell looked like he showed up prepared Sunday afternoon. The Lions went for it on two fourth downs and it paid off. He threw a challenge flag for once. The clock was managed the way you'd hope it would be. By all accounts, Caldwell had a great day. "We'll see" if others agree.
Every game is different
Speaking of Caldwell, the above is something that he usually says if a player doesn't have a good day. He'll say it this week when asked why Marvin Jones only had two receptions for ten yards. In this case it's probably justified. The Lions didn't need Marvin to have a huge day on Sunday. Stafford was on all day, Tate had one of best games of his career and guys like Zenner and Boldin gave great contributions. I'm sure Marvin gets more involved next week.
Rafael is cool, but rude
How could Rafael Bush ruin the Rams day like that? How rude. I'm temporarily sorry to Rafael Bush. All summer long I talked about how sad it was that Bush would be the Lions starting safety before Tavon Wilson took the spot. On Sunday, Rafael Bush made me eat those words with a game clinching interception. Let's see if he can continue to play well.
The Lions didn't get much of a run game overall on Sunday. Justin Forsett didn't have a great debut, five carries for 5 yards isn't great. But the guy barely knows the playbook. Zach Zenner, on the other hand, had a pretty good day with 58 yards on 14 carries. That may not seem great at first glance, but those 58 yards came on big plays. Specifically Zenner's 19 yard run that dug the Lions out of a 20-yard hole and set the table for a game tying touchdown. Still, Riddick is much needed.
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