What the Detroit Lions must do to beat the Baltimore Ravens

Defense start fast

Right now, in the minds of fans, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and the defensive squad is the Eagles rushing all over  them in the 4th quarter.  DeAndre Levy correctly stated that the defense played “soft” in the final period.  It is crucial that the defense puts that in the past and returns to form.  And the form is, don’t forget, an excellent rushing defense.  Green Bay, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Chicago (and for three quarters against Philadelphia) had next to nothing on the Detroit front seven.

Offense keep hold of the ball

Matthew Stafford had 6 interceptions in September and October combined but 8 in November alone.  This is just not conducive to winning championships.  Is this a result of panic?  Carelessness?  Lack of heart?  The Lions have had 28 turnovers in total this season, 15 of them in the last four games.  This offense has talent at every position, should have Reggie Bush back and so doesn’t need to force the ball.

Jeremy Ross keep it going

Whereas the sick feeling in the stomach was hard to shift after the disappointing Eagles loss, the play of #12 Jeremy Ross was a massive positive takeaway.  A total of 242 return yards, including a 98-yard kick return for a TD and a 58-yard punt return for a TD kept the Lions in the game.  This was after an encouraging 116 return yards against the Packers.  Could the result of this game be decided by a special teams play?

Limit  Torrey Smith

With the Lions’ tough run defense (6th in league) and the Ravens low rushing attack (29th in league) most of the Ravens’ yards should come through the air.  The Ravens’ best wide receiver is Torrey Smith with 963 yards.  Pressure on Flacco, double teams and physical defense should limit Smith and give the Lions the best chance to win.

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