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Detroit Lions Leaving Plays On Field and Letting Baltimore Ravens Hang Around

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The first half has concluded in the Motor City on Monday night and the matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens is a low-scoring affair to this point. The Lions jumped out on top early with a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Reggie Bush. Since then, the Ravens retaliated with three field goals by kicker Justin Tucker.

What’s shockingly surprising is the plays being left on the field by the offense of the Lions — especially by wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson had two dropped passes in the first half that should have resulted in first downs. Johnson’s first drop came on a third and long and his second came on second and long as well. In both cases, Johnson was left wide open.

Earlier in the week, Ravens rookie safety Abe Elam spoke out about Johnson saying the receiver is old and not as aggressive. Johnson came into the game second in the NFL in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

The second half is wide open for either Matthew Stafford or Joe Flacco to take the reigns. Neither quarterback has been impressive as of yet but could always change with a last drive, which both quarterbacks have proven they can do.

Both the Lions and the Ravens are fighting to stay alive in their playoff picture. A win for the Lions will put them on top of the NFC North, while the Ravens will continue to hold onto the sixth seed in the AFC. Also, a win for the Ravens will eliminate the New York Jets from the playoff hunt.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL football for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook and add him to Google+.