LIONS INSIDER

TWENTYMAN AT THE HALF: Lions passing attack needs a jump start

Posted Dec 16, 2013

The Lions entered the game as the third-ranked passing offense in the NFL, averaging 296.9 yards per game, yet they have just 65 passing yards in the first half

The Lions are 30 minutes into their Monday night matchup with the Baltimore Ravens and are still waiting for their passing game to get on track.

Detroit trails 9-7 at the half, but it could be worse if not for solid red-zone defense and a decent rushing attack (4.7-yard average).

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson have both struggled in the first half. Stafford with his accuracy and Johnson simply hanging on to the football.

The Lions marched 78 yards in eight plays on their first possession of the game and took a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Reggie Bush, but punted on their next four possessions as the passing game failed to get going.

Stafford has looked uncomfortable at all in the pocket and is just 8-of-15 for 70 yards. He’s missed a couple easy throws in their.

Johnson hasn't helped him out much, however. He has two drops that were both drive-killers for the Lions.

Consequently, the Ravens kicked a field on each possession following the drops.

The Lions entered the game as the third-ranked passing offense in the NFL, averaging 296.9 yards per game. They have 65 passing yards in the first half.

That portion of their attack need a major jump-start in the second half.