The Lions are beaten up. They need help in the secondary and they need help at running back. I hope defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh soaked in the Lions 34-28 victory over Minnesota on television and see how badly he is needed and how important it is to remain in games and not act a fool.
The Lions got away with one Sunday. They jumped to a 21-0 lead and needed every play of the game to win it. They are a good, hard-nosed and physical football team. The problem is they are not sharp mentally and that is one reason why the quality of football has suffered down the stretch.
They played New Orleans toe to toe but allowed officials to get inside their heads and lost a game they had a shot to win. They were lucky two critical mistakes did not crush them against the Vikings. The Lions still don’t get it.
Let’s focus on two plays. I did not like that wide receiver Titus Young slowed down on a long touchdown pass and casually held the ball, begging for someone to strip him. A Vikings defender did just after Young crossed the goal line. He forced a fumble a half a step over the goal line and the play was close enough for officials to review it.
Young got lucky. If that Vikings defender was a split second faster Young would be on Sports Center as another example of what not to do on a football field. That one play could have been the difference between victory and defeat.
On the final play of the game you must applaud linebacker DeAndre Levy for stripping Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb of the ball to win the game. But Levy grabbed his face mask and if officials were in position to see it the Vikings would have gotten the chance to run one more play and possibly win.
Many Lion fans don’t want to hear any of the concerns. All they care about is that their team won against a pathetic Vikings team that fell to 2-11. They don’t want to hear that the Lions MVP was Minnesota starting quarterback Christian Ponder who was terrible until he got pulled.
They don’t want to hear that a backup quarterback 90 percent of them never heard of almost beat their team.
I voice these concerns because the Lions are in a playoff chase and they cannot allow the same mistakes to happen against Oakland and San Diego. It would be nice to actually see them get into the playoffs for a change.
The Lions were one play from disaster, mostly because of their own mistakes. I sound the alarm in victory because mistakes like this will cost them against Oakland and San Diego.
It is time play smart football. I hope Suh gets the message when he returns.