The Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns on Saturday 35-27 and the offense appears ready for the start of the season, but you have to wonder what the fine will be on DT Ndamukong Suh after he tried to remove Cleveland Browns QB Jake Delhommes head. Any way you look at it thought, the Detroit Lions offense with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best are going to make the Lions a potent offensive team this season.
It appears that Matthew Stafford has perfected the fade pass to the back of the endzone, as he connected early on with the other Johnson, Bryant for a 7 yard score. The Lion’s first drive was impressive, three first downs, and a score in under 1 minute 30 seconds. The drive was highlighted by a nifty 51 yard scamper by rookie RB Jahvid Best. That run was all the Lion’s coaches needed to see and he was removed for the rest of the game. Stafford finished the game with a 120.0 passer rating.
The Lions made the most of their offensive chances despite the Browns controlling the ball for most of the game. The Browns ran 76 plays compared to the Lions 59.
The Lions defensively gave up 414 total yards, but they did manage to recover 3 fumbles and score on one recovery. Just be patient with this group. I know Lions fans are not wanting to hear, be patient after the lost decade of the Matt Millen regime, but the Lions have added several veteran free agents and sprinkled in some new players through the draft, it will take some time for this unit to work cohesively.
DT Ndamukong Suh should be receiving some sort of fine this week for his tackle on Browns QB Jake Delhomme. I appreciate aggressive defense but you have to admit that Suh was over the top on the tackle. He grabbed Delhomme’s facemask and then tried to remove Delhomme’s head like he was opening a jar of pickles. Suh said recently that the quarterback he’d like the most to sack is Brett Favre. If he hits Favre like that, Favre might not be getting up.
The good news is though, this will be a fun offense to watch this year. It will be interesting to watch Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best all mature as players over the next few years. Head coach Jim Schwartz is laying the ground work here for some good things to happen with the Lions, just be patient.