As you may have heard, the Baltimore Ravens‘ young defensive back Matt Elam called the Detroit Lions’ best receiver in the world, Calvin Johnson, “old” recently. Whether it was a weird mistake, some kind of motivation tactic, or a misguided intimidation technique, the bottom is line it just doesn’t matter.
The Lions are facing an extremely important game coming up against the Ravens on the national stage that is Monday Night Football. It’s a very important game against a good team, but it’s also very winnable. The Ravens have not played up to their standards this season, so they are very beatable. No team should need added motivation for a Monday Night Football game, because every single player wants to play their best on Monday Night Football, regardless of how many times they claim it’s “just another game”.
For the Lions, the motivation should already be there. They need this win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears are chewing on the Lions’ heals atop of the NFC North, and both could get their starting quarterbacks soon. The time is now, and the Lions need to play their best football over the next few games. The Ravens’ offense will try to tear apart the weak secondary of the Lions, and the Ravens defense wants a piece of Matthew Stafford. If Johnson wants to squeeze some extra motivation out of the stupidity of a young player with a flapping mouth, that’s fine with me, because he’s Megatron. However, nobody on the Lions should need any extra motivation for the rest of the season.