The Detroit Lions were given a gift by Jeremy Ross on Sunday and should have taken advantage. But this continues to be a team that doesn’t seem to want to make the most of the breaks they get.
The Lions fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-20 in blizzard-like conditions in Philadelphia. Their offense could muster only one touchdown, while the defense seemed to be snowbound by itself by allowed 283 yards on the ground. That was a significant stat, because in the last six NFL games, the combined yardage allowance by Detroit was 245.
Ross had a 58-yard and punt return, 98-yard punt return for touchdown, the first time since 1977 that a Detroit player has had a kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same game. If anything, the Lions realize they have a tremendous threat in Ross, although teams are likely to make sure he doesn’t get the ball any longer.
Ross established his credentials on Thanksgiving day against the Green Bay Packers with a 35-yard punt return that set up a touchdown. He also had a 60-yard punt return called back on a holding penalty, and a 30-yard kickoff return and caught a five-yard scoring pass. The Packers had cut him after three games this season and the Lions wisely picked him up.
With a player like Ross on the roster, the Lions, with the talent he has, should be dominant over the team like the Eagles. But it wouldn’t be surprising if the Lions would waste a talent like Ross and falter down the homestretch this season, as they’ve done it several times in the past.
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