NOTEBOOK: Defense played well enough to win; Jonte Green and extra points

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Though the Lions defense played well enough to win, the offensive struggles left Detroit two points short of a win over Baltimore

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said no phase of his team played well enough in Monday night's, 18-16, loss to Baltimore.

"We didn’t play perfect in any phase of the game, no team ever does," he said. "But we didn’t make enough plays to win and they did."

The Lions defense didn’t play perfect, but it played well enough to win that football game Monday night.

In the end, however, it’ll be a unit charged with giving up another fourth-quarter lead, their sixth in seven losses.

"You don’t come away with that "W," nothing matters," defensive end Willie Young said. "We might have put some numbers on paper here and there, but it’s all about getting the win."

But when a defense doesn’t allow an opponent to score a touchdown, and has the league’s No. 3 offense on it’s side, the general consensus has to be they’ll win the game.

That didn’t happen, obviously, because the offense played one of their worst games of the season.

The defense gave up 305 yards of offense, but was especially stout in the red zone, when they needed to be. They forced turnovers after Baltimore had gotten to it's 11-, 6- and 14-yard lines.

Baltimore’s Justin Tucker made field goals of 29, 24 and 32 yards in the second quarter, 49 yards in the third quarter, 53 yards and a career-long 61 yards in the fourth quarter.

The defense had some bad penalties and wasn’t able to generate any turnovers, but performed well enough to win if the offense would have shown up.


Cornerback Jonte Green had a rough beginning to his first start since last season, but the second-year cornerback settled in towards the end of the game.

The Ravens attacked him early and often, especially down the field, as he made the start for the injured Chris Houston.

Green finished with four tackles and defended two passes late in the fourth quarter, however. It’s the kind of game a second-year player can learn and build from.


• Stafford became the first passer in Lions history to record 4,000 yards in three different seasons. He threw for 5,038 yards in 2011 and 4,967 yards in 2012. He currently has 4,211 with two games remaining.

• Johnson became the first player in NFL history to register 5,000 receiving yards over a three-year span. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Johnson has amassed 5,094 yards.