Lions Get Big Win With a Big Time Performance Against the Bucs!

Hondo S. Carpenter

Lions get big win, with a big time performance!

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It is easy to point out mistakes in the first five games of the season. That isn’t the issue today. Sure you can find some mistakes and some do-overs that you would have loved to have when playing in the back yard as a kid, but this is the NFL and the Lions got themselves a big time win.

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I have harped on the Lions being their own worse enemy. I have said even after some of this season’s wins that it wasn’t up to the standard of what they have established which is ten wins. Today was. Today the Lions played a good (not great) football team. Today the Lions played a team that some will criticize for not being full strength at running back. I am not afraid to critique, but that is dumb.Â

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The Lions gave their fans a glimpse today. I am proud to have supported Marinelli from the beginning, and today his team and staff gave him what he has been harping on. Today the entire team was a mirror image of what Marinelli has been harping on.

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I have reported, screamed and even yelled that K/TJ would be a great one-two punch for the Lions and you saw it. They worked in tandem and could have even done more. The Lions showed their fans that they are at least on the track. Now they have to sustain it. Now they can’t collapse.Â

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Today the Marinelli critics got a clear picture of what he is trying to do and at less than ½ way through his second season that is progress. The Lions had no turnovers and only four penalties. These are clear signs that they are getting the message.

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After a bye week in which Marinelli asserted what he wanted, he got it. The offense is still a work in progress. The Lions had 278 yards of offense, but the key was the balance. The Lions had 131 in passing and 147 in rushing. The later gave the defense the rest they needed. Martz has given the Lions too many short possessions that led to the Lions defense getting back on the field too fast and a tired defense makes mistakes. Today they may not have gotten all the yards that future employers of Martz would drool over, but they let the D rest and they got the win.

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Today was the best performance of the season. Today the Lions looked like a team that found ways to win, and a team that cared more about a W than stats. Today each and every fan of the Lions should be happy. Sure you can second-guess some issues, but that isn’t what today was about. Today was about the Lions letting people see that they are disciplined, tough, and opportunistic. Today fans have a clear vision of Marinelli’s vision. Let’s call this what it was: A big win.Â

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I don’t know anyone that has spent any time with Marinelli that doesn’t like him. I wish this type of game had come sooner for the Lions sake, but one thing is glaringly obvious. Fate and destiny are unique things and for the Lions to have that one performance that shows everyone where they are headed, against his former team was incredible for him. Marinelli is a gentleman. Marinelli is too respectful to step to the post game mike and say how great this win against those guys was. He didn’t have to. His team gave him a water bath and game ball and that said it all.Â

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Now they have to sustain it. The pundits and the people like me will remind you of that. For now, let’s just enjoy today and dream of the future. At least tonight it isn’t a cartoon dream. Tonight we don’t even have to go to sleep. Tonight you can just go home and watch the TIVO and dream with your eyes open.Â

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Today’s game was a great win for the Lions. It was balanced, it was well coached, it was tough, and opportunistic. Â

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The best way for me to describe the game is to use a story I heard a long time ago. A couple in London one Sunday morning went to hear a renowned preacher and when they left the church later that morning they walked away declaring, “What a tremendous preacher.” Later that evening they went to a country church with an unknown preacher and left saying, “What a wonderful savior.”

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You may not walk away thinking certain players or coaches were great, but you walk away saying, “That is a good football team.” Marinelli doesn’t care if people know his name. He just wants you to think that he has a good football team. We saw today that you do have a good team Coach. We saw your stamp. Sure, there are things to look at, but that is focusing on the trees and not the forest. 

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