5 things we've learned about the 4-0 Lions
Here are five things we’ve learned about the Lions following their remarkable 34-30 comeback win over Dallas at Cowboys Stadium:
1. The Lions are resilient. Last week at Minnesota they were down 20-0 at the half and came back to win in overtime. It was quite the effort, but nothing compared to Sunday when they were down 27-3 in the third quarter. Their mantra in such situations is just make a play, then make another. And then they are confident enough to go out and do it. Unbelievable.
2. Depth helps. Linebacker Justin Durant, who led the team in tackles the first three games, was out with a concussion. In stepped Bobby Carpenter who made the first big play of the game. Same thing in the secondary when Amari Spievey and Erik Coleman missed time with injuries. With the heavy rotation on the defensive line they were able to stay somewhat fresh even though they were on the field for 12-plus minutes in the third quarter.
3. Matthew Stafford is all that. He and the offense struggled in the first half, but his teammates said he remained calm, cool and collected. They take on his personality on the field, so maintaining his cool is essential. One cool cat.
4. Calvin Johnson doesn’t need to say anything to Cris Carter or Rob Ryan, he just lets his play do his talking. We’re only four games in and I’m running out of adjectives to describe the big guy.
5. These Lions are for real. Period.
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