Lions Send Message Loud and Clear

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Lions Send Message Loud and Clear

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The Lions wanted to get to 6-2 for a lot of reasons; none less than to send the message that they are legit to the rest of the NFL, and more importantly that they are contenders in the NFC. Now before you go throwing elite around, they aren’t…yet. They are, however, in that top albeit cluttered tier of top teams in their conference.Â

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How bad did they dominate the Broncos on Sunday? Check this out:

1.     They sacked the Broncos QB’s 5 times!

2.     They had only 2 penalties!

3.     They got four turnovers!

4.     They had only one turnover!

5.     They had 2 defensive scores!

6.     130 yards of rushing!

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Every one of those stats tells you a lot more than it was just a win. The Lions, since the bye week and Rod Marinelli asserting his will into every facet of this team, have dominated. Do I expect them to win the next 8? No way. I do however expect them to continue to pound the rock.

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The Lions dominated the Broncos in every way. Jeff Backus, who I have been very critical of as a LT, looked like he was back at UM now that the resurgent Lions are making running a priority. His strength is run blocking and because the Lions balanced the attack he was more than adequate when he was finally called upon to pass block. In fact, the entire OL has had resurgence since Marinelli over the bye week. Let it be known what he wanted and the Lions offense has responded.

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Sunday’s game was more than a win. This is a game that the Lions traditionally would lose. This was an AFC team that was down a little bit, but would essentially use the Lions to get better. Not this time!  The Lions used the Broncos, and along the way sent their message loud and clear.

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This team is physical and tough, and more than anything played disciplined. When the Broncos went to a double team approach with Roy and CJ, they simply went other places. When the Broncos went nickel and dime package to force them not to pass they simply audible into runs. The Lions did nothing fancy. They did what the good teams do. They let the Broncos pick the poison by scheme that they wanted to stop and went the other way.Â

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Critics will say yeah, but they didn’t have Cutler. To which I would respond that they knocked him out. The defense and special teams were as tough as the offense and with all three parts of the team running at the same energy level and level of discipline, the Lions manhandled the ponies.

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The Lions are a few players away from elite status, but they are good. Arizona should be a win next week. It will be a great test. Can the Lions sustain their success? Can they go on the road with so much praise and win a game that they should win? I think so, but they are proving something more than just to the fans. They are proving something to themselves.