Observation: The one area the Lions must improve in immediately
The running game
In total, the Lions had 116 rushing yards on Sunday.
When you look at the stats through the first three quarters from Sunday's game, you'll see that quarterback Matthew Stafford was the leading rusher. That's not good.
The Lions did not have a run longer than nine yards the entire game. The running game, in fact, was unable to be consistently productive enough to help the Lions accomplish their goals.
After re-watching the game, it is evident the run-blocking must be emphasized in practice this week. The offensive line struggled to consistently open holes for the running backs.
When the Lions were trying to ice the game on Sunday, they were unable to earn a first down. On a couple of third-and-1 situations, the Lions attempted to earn the first down via the ground game unsuccessfully.
Kerryon Johnson needs more touches
Johnson had 16 carries for 49 yards, while C.J. Anderson had 11 carries for 35 yards.
In the second half, many wondered why the Lions went away from Johnson. The Lions have made it clear that the second-year running back will share carries with Anderson and rookie running back Ty Johnson.
However, is this an effective strategy? Whether or not there is concern regarding Johnson suffering an injury moving forward, the Lions would benefit from a moderate increase in his workload.