Q. Challenge rule: The Texans were awarded a touchdown on a run by Justin Forsett in the third quarter that should have been a six-yard gain. It stood up as an 81-yard TD run because of a rule involving challenges of scoring plays.
Is that a fair rule?
A. For the second time in three years, the Lions were involved in a rule that seems grossly unfair, and the one on Forsett’s run is worse than the first.
On opening day of 2010,
The rule on Forsett’s run has no merit. It is counter to the intent of instant replay – getting the right calls. And that didn’t happen.
What happened on Forsett’s run, and what is the rule: On second down at Houston’s 19, he was hit running through the left side of the Lions’ defense and landed on his left knee and elbow at the 25. He was down for a six-yard gain – except the officials didn’t notice. There was no whistle, and Forsett got up and ran into the end zone for a touchdown.
Coach Jim Schwartz threw the challenge flag immediately, and that’s what gave Houston the touchdown. All scoring plays and turnovers are subject to automatic review, but there is a rule prohibiting throwing the challenge flag on those plays.
The penalty Forsett’s run voided the touchdown – thus, awarding Houston the score – plus a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
Q. Does the rule make any sense?
A. No sense at all. There is no delay of game involved. All the referee has to do is pick up the red flag on his way to watch the replay. Schwartz was asked if he thinks it’s a dumb rule.
“That’s what the rule is,” he said. “I mean, the idea with replay is to get the call on the field right. Obviously that didn’t happen.”
Q. Suh kick: In the first half, the tip of Suh’s left foot made contact with the crotch of Texans’ kicker Matt Schaub. On the play. Suh was rushing Schaub and had rolled over Texans lineman Derek Newon. As Suh landed face first on the turf, his left leg extended and made contact with Schaub, who went down immediately.
The CBS crew doing the game made a big deal about the play, claiming that Suh intentionally kicked Schaub. Did it look intentional?
A. There appeared to be a kicking motion by Suh, but it’s hard to say that he intentionally meant to kick Schaub. Most of the controversy stems from Suh’s reputation, especially the incident on Thanksgiving Day a year ago, when he stomped on Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Anyone who thinks Suh tried to kick Schaub probably figures that this year he was going for two.
Q. Schaub’s reaction: What did Matt Schaub say about the play?
A. He would not discuss it, tell a Houston reporter: “I’ve got no comment on that play or that player.”
Sounds like he’s not a big fan of Suh’s.
Q. Young missing:
A. He wasn’t missed, that’s for sure. There didn’t seem to be any of the miscommunication that was evident in the last game against Green Bay.
Q. Overtime strategy: After
Were the Lions too conservative there?
A. Bell had broken two long runs in the fourth quarter, but this was the time to throw the ball. Stafford already had thrown for 441 yards. There were a few more left in his arm.