Lions vs. Eagles: Detroit's Offense Struggles Early, Wakes Up for Overtime Win

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs after catching a pass against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lions won 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Lions generated turnovers and generated sacks.

It still took an overtime field goal by Jason Hanson to seal the deal.

However, there was a lot to like about this game for the Lions, and it's a good sign they may turn things around yet.

First of all, the defensive front generated sacks and fumbles, even if only one ended up in their hands.

They were also able to make Michael Vick continue his streak of fumbles and interceptions, though they were unable to capitalize on either interception they generated.

In fact, for much of the day, the Lions' offense suffered from the same thing they have for weeks, which is that they were sluggish to start the game.

Matt Stafford and the gang were held in check for much of the game and only generated 91 passing yards in the first half.

There is very little chance of beating the Chicago Bears next week if they simply don't move the ball in the first half more effectively.

It was the fourth quarter where the Lions' offense truly began to shine, as the Eagles seemed to falter down the stretch.

Still, the early sluggishness, the inability to generate points off turnovers and continued special teams issues (though less today) make it hard to be too enthusiastic about this win.

At the end of the day, though, it is a win, and that's all they count in the sports section come Monday morning.


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