Matthew Stafford Leads Lions Late Revival, Tops Falcons 23-22

  • Danny Amendola
  • Detriot Lions
  • Kenny Golladay
  • Marvin Jones
  • Matthew Stafford
  • t.j. hockenson
By Alex Hathaway October 26, 2020 0 Comment
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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford shines in Week 7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, putting together yet another impressive, game-winning drive for his career.

The Lions absolutely needed vintage Matthew Stafford this week, and that’s exactly what they got. The 11th year QB adds another game-winning drive to his resume, bringing that stat to 36 total GW drives. Stafford looked great all game—which is something we haven’t seen a lot this season—totaling 340 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.

Detroit was down six with no timeouts and only 64 seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter.

Most people (including myself) thought the Lions blew this game, but you can never count the Lions out when you have Matthew Stafford leading your offense. Stafford was absolutely elite on the game-winning drive, with some clutch catches from Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola, and T.J. Hockenson.

All game, Stafford looked comfortable in the pocket, his accuracy was on  point, and he eliminated a lot of the mistakes we’ve seen from him this year…hopefully a sign of things to come for the veteran quarterback.

Big day for the Lions receivers

Kenny. Golladay. Pay the man! Golladay had an amazing game, catching six of seven targets for 114 yards. Golladay made clutch catches all game long, proving to everyone why he deserves a big pay day. If you have any doubt about Kenny Golladay, just watch some of the unreal catches he made during this game.

The Lions had four receivers with at least 60 yards on the day, including a big 80-yard day from Marvin Jones.

Danny Amendola had a respectable game too, pulling in three of four targets for 62 yards. However, Amendola had a critical drop on a 3rd down that would have picked up a first. On top of that, Amendola had a pretty ugly penalty at the end of the game when he took his helmet off, tacking on 15 yards to the game winning extra point. T.J Hockenson of course had the game tying/winning touchdown, which probably saved him from some flack as he failed to get out of bounds earlier on the final drive and kept the clocking rolling.

Defense shines in the run game

The defense continues to look like an improved unit for the second-straight week following the bye.

The Falcons averaged 2.5 yards per carry, and that Lions defense held Matt Ryan and the Falcons receivers to 338 passing yards and a touchdown. The Lions struggled to generate pressure but were effective stopping the run for a second week in a row.

Darrell Bevell’s play calling

As I mentioned before, Matthew Stafford was cookin’ on Sunday.

With that being said, we saw WAY too many Adrian Peterson rush attempts straight up the middle. It’s continuously ineffective, and extremely predictable. Bevell’s play calls failed on two critical moments this game, where he called two runs up the middle for Peterson on 3rd & 1, and 4th &1 that got absolutely stuffed.

The Lions were lucky to have Stafford’s heroics or a big part of the loss would have fallen to Bevell. Coaches need to open their eyes and see poor play calling almost cost them this game and change it fast.

What’s next?

This was another great team win by Detroit to bring their record to .500 on the season. With this win and the trade deadline approaching, I’d keep an eye on the Lions who potentially could be buyers. Detroit will host the 4-2 Colts at home on Sunday, looking to grab their 4th win.

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