Personal foul penalties mounting
The Detroit Lions were branded an undisciplined team in 2011, when costly personal foul penalties plagued them.
They were much better in that department last season, but those dumb penalties have reared their ugly heads the last two weeks.
Finally, head coach Jim Schwartz had enough in the first half vs. Patriots.
After two personal foul penalties for late hits on
That was the end of Young's night.
"They didn't throw Willie Young out of the game, but he didn't play the rest of the game," Schwartz said. "We didn't want anymore personal fouls. We had enough of it after two."
That's way too many and something Schwartz has to address moving forward.
Is Reggie Bush quickly becoming the No. 2 receiver for the Lions?
The stats certainly support it. The case is being made for Bush being the team's second most explosive option in the passing game behind
With five catches for 103 yards, including a 67-yard catch on a screen pass, Thursday night, Bush now has nine catches for 147 yards the last two weeks.
"He's a talented guy catching the ball out of the backfield and making plays," QB
The big problem for the Lions is that a No. 2 option from the receiving corps hasn't emerged over the preseason.
"I'll be whatever they want me to be," Bush said when asked if he could be the team's No. 2 receiver. "I felt like today I got a lot of passes and it was a good preview, I guess, of what's to come in the regular season."
Some fans were taken aback when the Lions drafted
They saw what a weapon a good punter can be vs. the Patriots.
On four punts, Martin averaged 56.0 yards with a net of 53.5. His 57-yard punt late in the second quarter was thing of beauty. Martin dropped the ball on a perfect coffin corner that went out of bounds at the Patriots 1-yard line.
"That was a three-point punt if you really think about it," Schwartz said. "Because we backed them up. The defense got a hold, we used all of our timeouts, got the ball back around midfield and the offense got three catches in a row."
It resulted in a
"I guess you'd say that was a three-point punt because we got three points out of that field position," Schwartz said.
Two for the price of one
Jason Jones found out Thursday how much fun it can be to play next to one of the best defensive tackles in all of football.
Jones, the veteran defensive end the team signed to replace Cliff Avril at left defensive end, recorded two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and recovered a fumble.
"He's a versatile player," linebacker
Tulloch was referring to Jones' ability to move inside on passing situations and allow the Lions to change fronts with Suh and Fairley moving outside at times. The defense did that a number of times Thursday and it put a lot of pressure on the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.