The Lions lost on national television last night to a kicker. Justin Tucker's total field goal yardage was actually higher than Matt Stafford's passing yards. That is unheard of, and unacceptable.
The 3 worst things about the Lions loss on national television to the Baltimore Ravens:
3. The officiating: Definitely not an excuse, but worth noting. Kris Durham's (should have been) pass interference that would have given us a touchdown. The very suspect pass interference calls against the Lions, and the unnecessary roughness call, both of which led to field goals. I don't mean to sound like El Prez on Barstool coming up with 200 excuses per week why any team in Boston ever losses, but those calls forced a 13 point swing.
2. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson: You would think when called out, Megatron would have a huge game. Nope, instead he drops two huge passes in the first half. Matt Stafford, possibly one of his biggest games of his career and he has arguably the worst game of his career. Could have been the hero, now is the goat. His reads were horrendous...Calvin Johnson in single coverage down the field? Let's not even turn your head and look immediately for Kris Durham.
1. Coaching/Play Calling: 3rd and 1 and we go to the shotgun formation. Have the Lions ever run the ball on 3rd down? You can literally tell exactly what the Lions are going to do before the play based on the formation they line up in. There is no variety or trickery. The Ravens linebackers and safety's were licking their chops all night long. 4th quarter, 60 yard field goal with the best kicker in the NFL. You knew they were going to kick it! Call the timeout!!!!
The division was ours. See you later Schwartz. I defended you for too long.