The Detroit Lions are in Command of Their Own Destiny

By Luis Vilanova
Matt Stafford
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It´s been a long week for Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions as they continue to receive criticism and remain the focal point after a tough loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Luckily enough, the Lions are still in command of their own destiny and remain atop the NFC North. On Sunday, Detroit will face the 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field in a very important game. The Lions have been very cautious all week after the loss at Pittsburgh, and the buzz around Allen Park is to not underestimate the Bucs and remain on the lookout for an aggressive defense. In my opinion, the Sunday game sets the stage to what happens to the remainder of the Lions’ season; four of the remaining six games will be played at home and the NFC North shall be won.
When we look back at the 2013 Lions’ season, the call for a fake field goal to lose at against the Steelers will stick out like a sore thumb. It has overshadowed the win against the Dallas Cowboys and other special moments throughout the season. What can we expect to be adjusted moving forward, and will we see the Lions executing differently on both sides of the ball? I think Reggie Bush put it best by stating that the offense deserves a B as they are still not at the next level. I think Matt Stafford will be calling more plays out of the shotgun, and a very aggressive offensive line will open up the running game. Expect Stafford to find at least five different targets against Tampa and pass for at least 350 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side, Detroit’s defense continues to lack play-making ability; the injury to Ezekiel Ansah has hurt the pass rushing and the cornerbacks are simply ineffective. I would like to believe that Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Stephen Tulloch, DeAndre Levy, Glover Quin and Louis Delmas are going to crush the opponent’s offense, but it’s not happening. There have been high expectations placed on the Lions’ defense all year and it is unfortunate. The team continues to rely on Stafford and company to deliver as many scores as possible to win games.

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