The offense only put up 16 points, but that is a high considering how badly they started. They showed grit and played tough, especially without two starters on the O line. They don’t quit anymore.
The defense held a pretty decent offense in check. Except for one catch, we shut down and shut up Megatron and all the hype about this average receiver. As we said all week, Miami always has a good game plan to stop the opponents’ stars. Not much you can do when third-string bums like Theo Riddick (who?!?!) come in and beat ya. Just tip your cap and take solace that Golden Tate and Megatron were well covered.
Mike Wallace continues to score when given a chance. He should have been targeted more.
Caleb Sturgis gets props for a long field goal.
Earl Mitchell made an impressive block of a field goal.
Ryan Tannehill’s tackle was something to remember. He actually caught up to a DB. He took away the angle twice. He got facemasked. He didn’t fall for two different fake-out attempts. And despite all that, he made that play. Without his effort, we are down 17-0 at that point and game woulda been over much sooner.
Gotta give Kevin Coyle a LOW here for having no answers on the final Lion drive. A blitz or some kind of change-up would have thrown Stafford out of his rhythm.
Jamar Taylor demonstrated how weak we are in our secondary depth. Once Finnegan was hurt, we all knew we were in trouble with Taylor in there.
Dion Jordan. I’ll keep picking on him until this NUMBER THREE OVERALL does something impressive. He picked up a fumble with smooth sailing in front of him. He ended up getting caught from behind by a slow, fat backup tight end.
Joe Philbin. He lacks whatever it takes to win that elusive 4th game in a row. I don’t have any specifics to point to in the Lion game, but he did nothing to inspire his team. He was outcoached by the most predictable and mistake-prone coach in NFL history, Jim Caldwell. Philbin got nothing out of his team in the last five minutes, and that is puzzling.
It always hurts to lose to a bad team. The Lions actually think they have a good team, and now we have to listen to them celebrate. This is the same Lion team who led woeful Buffalo 14-0 and then handed the Bills a free win. The same Lions who lost to last-place Carolina. The Lions are going nowhere, and they got lucky against Miami, but we have to give them bragging rights and move on.