LIONS INSIDER

Miscues hurting Lions but game is still close at half

Posted Sep 8, 2013

A lot of what plagued the Lions last year when they went 4-12 has reared it’s ugly head in the first half today vs. Minnesota

The Detroit Lions can’t get out of their own way.

Miscues on offense and defense, untimely penalties and special team lapses. A lot of what plagued the Lions last year when they went 4-12 has reared it’s ugly head in the first half today vs. Minnesota.

The offense marched inside the Vikings 25-yard line four times in the first half and only got 13 points out of it.

They were saved by a late interception by from linebacker Stephen Tulloch and a diving touchdown by Bell with six seconds left or the game wouldn't be as close as 14-13.

Matthew StaffordQB Matthew Stafford (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)
They have 267 total yards in the half but only 13 points to show for it.

They cost themselves three points after the opening drive stalled at the Vikings 13-yard line and punter Sam Martin botched the hold on the field goal attempt.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson went 78-yards for a touchdown on the next Vikings play.

Ndamukong Suh negated a 33-yard interception return by linebacker DeAndre Levy in the second quarter with an illegal – and frankly unnecessary – low block away from the play during the return.

Of course, the play came back to haunt the Lions when a Matthew Stafford’s pass was tipped and intercepted on the very next play.

The Lions have forced two turnovers and have moved the ball on offense, but … miscues, penalties and lapses have hurt them.

Stop me if you’ve heard that one before.