With the Lions improving to 4-2 and 2-0 in the division, here’s what we can learn coming away from Minneapolis:
1) Defense dominates
The Lions were allowing a league-leading 282 yards per game coming into Week 6, and had just 212 yards allowed today. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 8 times, the most a Lions team has registered in a game since 1997. Bridgewater was also picked off 3 times.
2) Penalties are not killing this team
After 6 games, this is much a reversal of last year. The team are 14th-best in the league in offensive penalties and (get this) 5th-best in the league in defensive penalties. The discipline is starting to come.
3) Receiver depth is there
With Megatron and Bush injured, Stafford still completed to six different receivers today, which I think is remarkable. Riddick led the team in receiving yards with 75, mostly due to the 41-yard screen on the first drive.
4) Stafford needs better protection
Number 9 finished only 19 of 33 for 185 yards and a TD. The constant pressure enforced by Minnesota limited Stafford’s production. The Vikes registered 4 sacks in the game.
5) Ansah is the answer, as is Levy
‘Ziggy’ Ansah had a stellar day, registering 2.5 sacks, 4 solo tackles and an assist on the day (I still love the fact that our D-line has three No. 1 draft picks!). DeAndre ‘The Beard’ Levy registered 5 tackles with 2 assists.
6) The kicking game still needs work
Well what do we do after today? Sack Prater? Hardly. The newly-signed kicker was 1-for-3 on field goals today. Maybe there’s a curse or something that needs to be lifted.