Once a week, I get with someone more familiar with our opponent to give us a little insight on our upcoming matchup. This week I was able to get with Zac Snyder from SideLion Report and here are some of his thoughts for Saturday’s HUGE game against the Detroit Lions:
Ndamukong Suh and Mike Tyson get into a fight… who does a cheap shot first?
Tyson, that dude is not stable. I realized Suh has a certain reputation around the league but his play is much more aggressive than cheap. That argument fell a part a bit with the stomping incident but it remains true overall.
Is there any threat, not named Calvin Johnson, on offense for the Lions?
The guy that throws Calvin the ball does alright. Matthew Stafford did a good job of feeding the ball to Calvin Johnson against the Raiders but he has also done a good job of spreading the ball around. Brandon Pettigrew, Nate Burleson and Titus Young are also having productive years and Tony Scheffler has been able to find the end zone on a high percentage of his catches. The best example of Stafford’s ability to spread the ball around came in November against the Panthers when he threw five touchdown passes and not one of them went to Johnson.
What is the main reason for the Lions winning football games this year?
They finally have talent on the roster. Matt Millen was a disaster, although that isn’t anything new to most football fans. He was a failure in the draft and the team slowly but surely crumbled with him at the helm. There was never a plan as it seemed the organization was constantly chasing a new philosophy. That has all changed with Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz. They are on the same page and actually building something instead of just moving pieces around.
How do you beat the Lions?
It starts with pressuring Matthew Stafford. I feel like his pocket presence and ability to move around in the pocket to avoid the pass rush will be his next area of growth. For the time being he can be slowed down with a good pass rush. The Lions have been susceptible to misdirection in the running game. End-arounds and counters have worked pretty well.
What intimidates you about the Chargers?
I fear the Chargers because I don’t know what to expect. I feel like they are a talented team but they are also capable of laying a complete stinker. I can imagine how frustrated Chargers fans are, especially after missing the playoffs last season when the offense and defense were each ranked number one overall.