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Hi I'm Ronnie Brown...I'm here to replace your injury prone running back.
Just to clarify, I've never believed that this was the Lions year, and I still don't. I love Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh, but I really have doubts that much of their roster will be in the NFL in five years.
No offense to Matt Stafford, but he's injury-prone and has been throughout college. Same for Jahvid Best. Generally when you're injury-prone in college, you're injury-prone in the NFL.
That being said, the Lions' ability to come back against the Vikings and Cowboys impressed me. It's difficult to come back from three-touchdown deficits and they did it twice. Now I'm interested in seeing how they respond to their first loss of the season.
For young teams, that first time you discover you aren't invincible is difficult to overcome. Add the loss of Jahvid Best for this week, and there's a lot of adversity to overcome in Detroit.
What Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh's altercation hid is the fact that that defense that so many people are impressed with was again lit up by a running back. Sunday marked the fourth straight week a running back averaged over five yards a carry against them, making you wonder what the Lions record would look like if Felix Jones and Adrian Peterson had gotten 25 carries instead of 16 and 17, respectively.
They're just not a very good defense when being asked to do something other than generate a pass rush. On countless occasions last week, the 49ers gashed the Lions by running right at Suh, and that vaunted offense can't score from the sidelines. Eventually the rest of the NFL is going to realize the formula for beating Detroit is not getting beat deep and running the ball 35 times a game.
Add to that Matt Stafford's inaccuracy at times. I know people rave about his accuracy, but I've watched way too many simple throws to the flats and five-yard outs sail over a receiver's head.
He certainly shows great touch deep, but what happens when he starts getting hit more—which he will, because Ronnie Brown is no Jahvid Best—and can't wait for the deep throw to develop?
This game against Atlanta is the most important game they'll play, especially if they lose and the Bears beat Tampa.