NOTEBOOK: Joique Bell blames himself, injuries and Megatron's record

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Despite 127 yards of total offense and a touchdown, Joique Bell put the blame for Sunday's 34-20 loss on himself after the game

Filling in for the injured Reggie Bush, who re-aggravated a calf injury in warm-ups and didn't play, Joique Bell accumulated 127 total yards (69 rushing, 58 receiving) and scored a touchdown as the Lions primary running back.

All Bell could point to, however, after Detroit's 34-20 loss was the two fumbles he let get away early in the contest.

Bell lost fumbles at Philadelphia's 20-yard line in the first quarter and on their 9-yard line early in the second quarter.

"Let's start off by this," Bell said in front of his locker after the game. "Don't blame the offense. Don't blame the defense. There is no way we can go in the red zone twice and cough it up twice.

"No blame on nobody. Don't blame the coaches. Put that game on me, my shoulder. I'm going to come back next week and I'm going to run furious. I'm going to go in to this week and prepare like I'm (angry). I can't allow myself to go out here and do that and put my team in that predicament. It will never happen again."

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said losing Bush in warm-ups didn't change any plans the Lions had on offense.

"I mean the weather changed what we were going to do," he said. "We were expecting the possibility of weather, but even waking up this morning and coming here today nobody was predicting six inches of snow or whatever we had during the game."


Ziggy AnsahDE Ziggy Ansah left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Besides the injury to Bush, the Lions lost right tackle LaAdrian Waddle to an elbow injury and defensive end Ziggy Ansah to a shoulder injury.

Schwartz said Waddle could have come back into the game if the Lions would have needed him to.

"We'll see where it goes, but we just went with (Jason) Fox the rest of the way rather than having a guy that was nursing an injury," he said. "It was his elbow. We'll just see where that gets."

As for Ansah, Schwartz confirmed it was a shoulder injury but didn't have any further updates.

"I don't think he was available to go back in," he said. "He hurt it during the game. We'll see. It doesn't look like it's long term. We'll have to see."


A 33-yard catch by Calvin Johnson in the first quarter put him at 9,175 career yards, one more than Herman Moore for the franchise record.

It just so happened to be the biggest play for the Lions offense all game. Johnson finished with three catches for 49 yards.


The Lions defense was completely outplayed in the second half and the final score isn't even indicative of how thoroughly they were beaten.

The Eagles scored on five straight possessions in the second half and it could have been six if Philadelphia tight end Brent Celek hadn't fallen to the ground to run out the clock instead of walk into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Celek gave himself up at the 10-yard line so Foles could take a knee twice and end the game.

The Eagles had 388 yards of offense in the second half to the Lions 88.