He wanted guys who could get their hands on footballs, more players who could force turnovers and more defenders who could make a difference.
Mayhew had to be smiling a little bit watching his defense force four first-half turnovers in the Lions 40-9 thumping of the New England Patriots in their regular-season tune-up Thursday night.
“We were opportunistic, especially early in the game,” head coach Jim Schwartz said. “We need to get more points of them, but turnovers were coming a lot of different ways. Interceptions. Some forced contact. I thought the defense did a good job with those.”
Quin forced a fumble, Ansah recovered a fumble and Jones had both of the first-half sacks.
“It’s a good start,” said defensive tackle
Suh said the emphasis on creating and getting turnovers hasn’t come from the coaching staff, but from the players themselves.
“There’s been a big emphasis on it from the standpoint of the players,” he said. “We want to make plays and get the ball back and that’s really how we want to feed off each other.”
Quin got the feast started by forcing a fumble after a short pass completion from Tom Brady to Zach Sudfield that was recovered by
Delmas, who was making his preseason debut, returned the ball to the 10-yard line, but the Lions started from the 5-yard line because of a personal foul penalty by
Two possessions later, Lions linebacker
The Lions had three personal foul penalties last week in a loss to Cleveland and
That’s something Schwartz seemed particularly perturbed about after the game. Those penalties after the whistle are not only dumb, but they can come back to cost the Lions football games and Schwartz knows it.
Chris Houston continued the Lions’ turnover trend when he intercepted a Brady pass on the next Patriots possession after the Jones fumble recovery.
The fourth and final turnover of the half was a fumble caused by cornerback
That’s the good news from Thursday night. The not so good news … the starters on offense were able to muster only 13 points off those turnovers.
Playing without All Pro receiver
“We had some situations where we can be better at,” running back
“Against a good team like that in the regular season, you have to come away with touchdowns because they are a good team and can score quick. We have to do a better job scoring points on those turnovers.”
The offense had to settle for three
Bush was most of the offense for the Lions in the first half. He had five catches for 103 yards, including a 67-yard reception on a screen pass that set up the first Lions score, a 23-yard Akers field goal.
He had just one rushing yard on six attempts, though, as the starters continued to struggle running the football this preseason.
“We can do a lot of things better,” Schwartz said of the offensive performance.
Bush’s 104 total yards was a large majority of the team’s total of 162 in the half.
Stafford finished the game 12-of-25 passing for 166 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. It’s the third straight game Stafford hasn’t turned the ball over.
“I’m not concerned,” Stafford said of the offense. “We’re moving in the right direction. We were down a big playmaker in our offense tonight.”
The second-team units played very well for the Lions in the second half.
After getting beat I all three phases in a loss in Cleveland last week, it was important for the Lions to bounce back and they did in a big way Thursday night.