Detroit Lions: Now the Real Test Begins

Seattle Lion FanAnalyst IIOctober 22, 2011

Keep Cool Jimbo...and develop some better clock managment!
Keep Cool Jimbo...and develop some better clock managment!Rick Stewart/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers handed the Detroit Lions their first loss of the 2010 season.

That ain't so bad after six games.  And it's pretty much a miracle that anyone can say the Lions are 5-1 and in second place behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North Division.

Now we get to see what these Detroit Lions are made of.

What makes good teams great is how they react to a tough loss.  And from my point of view, these Detroit Lions should be pretty ticked off.

The last moments of last week's game gave me concern.  There was no sense of urgency with about a minute to play, being six down, to drive down the field and give Matthew Stafford a chance to loft a back shoulder pass high in the air to Calvin Johnson to perhaps win the game.

Instead, the last ditch Stanford type of play where Stafford throws to Johnson who laterals to rookie Titus Young in hopes to catch San Francisco off guard on an old hook and ladder play.  Instead, Young fumbled with no time left on the clock, game over.

The Lions have no excuse for not putting forth a better effort, and I thought with the very first play of the game, I was going to see it. Kyle Vanden Bosch got into the backfield as Alex Smith was preparing to throw, stripped the ball and recovered the fumble giving the Lions fantastic field position.


Give the 49ers credit.  They could have given up a touchdown, but instead held the Lions to a Jason Hanson 25-yard field goal.  And the wind got taken out of Detroit's sails.

Now come the Atlanta Falcons who the Lions have a bit of score to settle with.  After all, they allowed Matt Ryan to complete his very first pass, a 63-yard touchdown.

And let's not forget Michael Turner who ran for two touchdowns, one for 66 yards and a five-yard plunge.

Worst of all?  The loss to Atlanta in 2008 started the Lions walk into history as it was the first loss of an 0-16 season.

I suspect the Lions will be up for this game, but Atlanta is no pushover.  I'm pretty sure head coach Mike Smith watched game film on how San Francisco matched up against the Lions.  Be on the lookout for some similar defensive schemes.

Lions need to dig deep, keep doing what has had success and limit the amount of time Stafford gets hit.

Prediction:  Lions win a close one, 21-17