YELLOW FLAG AFFAIR
The Lions had eight penalties for 101 yards in Sunday's, 25-21, loss to the Cardinals.
It wasn't so much the final totals that derailed them as it was the timing and impact of some of those calls.
"Yeah, with hands to the face, if your hand gets in there you've got to just get it back off," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "I didn't see it on the sideline. I know they called it and usually they call it if you get your hand in there and then you don't bring it back out. Generally they don't call it just for a hands to the face, it's an extended play. And if that happened then we deserved to get called for it."
The other crucial penalty came at the end of the game when second-year cornerback
The Cardinals scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall two plays later.
"I mean, you've got to look at the penalties … those are guys out there trying," said Schwartz. "Again, in our situation if they were a bunch of unsportsmanlike, after-the-whistle plays or false starts or stuff like that.
"But in the game, when you talk about pass interference and holding and anything else is generally just a player either had a bad technique or being in a bad position. I think in those cases … and, again, I'm talking blind on Willie's, but I know for Bentley that was the case."
Bush left in the second quarter after taking a helmet to the knee following a 26-yard reception from quarterback
Bush attempted to come back in the second half, but fumbled the handoff from Stafford on the first Lions possession of the second half at their own 7-yard line.
"I probably shouldn't have gone back in," Bush admitted after the game.
The Lions game plan didn't change much after Bush left. They still used
The Lions had just 90 yards of offense in the second half.
"We just didn't take advantage of our opportunities," Stafford said. "We were behind, I feel like we lost the field position battle today, big time.
"It's partially our fault, giving them the ball on the plus four or whatever it was on the one play. It is something we need to do a better job of as an offense and make sure we flip the field no matter what."
We saw Sunday what a healthy Reggie Bush means to this Lions offense and how much harder it can be without him.
SUH DOMINANT, AGAIN
Ndamukong Suh didn’t record a single tackle in last week’s win over Minnesota, but don’t think he didn’t affect the game.
He was even more dominant Sunday in Arizona.
Suh finished with three tackles, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.
It was his pressure on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer that resulted in the
Suh didn’t throw a block on the return, in case anyone was wondering.
He’s gotten a lot of criticism over the last week for being a “dirty player” after his low block on Vikings center John Sullivan negated a Levy touchdown return in that game.
Suh said last week he isn’t going to change the way he plays the game, even after getting a $100,000 fine from the league for the block.
After Sunday’s performance, who’s asking him to?
SPECIAL TEAMS WOES
Outside of the job rookie
"Last week they had really good pressure in the C gap and almost blocked one and we put too much emphasis down in that,” Schwartz said.
"It wasn't a good day for our field goal unit. We missed one in the first half and then came back with that one and it got blocked and in a tight ballgame like that, it might have been the difference."
He nearly made a big mistake in the first half when he was indecisive on whether to return a kickoff and nearly stepped past the goal line before catching himself.
He finished the game with three punt returns for 2 yards (.7 average). He didn’t return a kickoff.