O’HARA’S FINAL THOUGHTS: Prime time to showcase Megatron
December 21, 2015 - Picnic Time
NEW ORLEANS –Lions-Saints Final Thoughts – Calvin Johnson (with a stats tie to Babe Ruth), immature legs in a Lions’ secondary, Brandon Browner’s chronicle of Hack-a-Shaq for a Saints and another demeanour during Drew Brees opposite a Lions:
Calvin Johnson: Tonight is a primary time for a Lions to showcase Megatron. The unfolding could not be improved for a spotlight to gleam on one of a NFL’s many widespread players and dignified adults of a final decade.
It’s Monday Night Football. The Lions and Saints aren’t going anywhere. And with half-decent insurance a Lions should fragment a Saints’ delegate that couldn’t cover a cruise list with a list cloth a distance of a playground tent.Matthew Stafford doesn’t have to play like he’s journey a residence glow on each other drop-back and a using diversion improves to half-decent, Johnson will be means to do what he does best.
That is get downfield and use his higher jaunty skills to make plays that few receivers in story have made. He still can locate 80 to 90 passes, benefit during slightest 1,200 yards and get tighten to double series TD catches.
Beyond that, there is an unique value to gripping Calvin Johnson. Barry Sanders is a ultimate authorization idol for this era of Lions fans. Johnson is a tighten second.
Long-snapper Don Muhlbach, a Lion given 2004, was asked what it would be like to see Johnson in another uniform.
“It would be like examination Brett Favre run onto a margin wearing a Minnesota Vikings uniform; it only looked weird,” Mulhbach said, referring to a Packers’ good finale his career with division-rival Minnesota. “You consider of a Lions, we consider of Calvin.
“Every day, we know what you’re going to get. He’s all we wish in a teammate.”
Safety Glover Quin, a Lion for a final 3 years after 4 seasons in Houston, was asked a same question: could he suppose Calvin Johnson in another uniform?
“I couldn’t suppose that,” Quin said. “I don’t wish to suppose that.
“Calvin’s not going anywhere.”
Calvin/Ruth, 714: This is quite a product of a fruitful imagination joining dual people to one number, though 714 is a ball statistic synonymous with Babe Ruth. It’s a Bambino’s career home run total.
Going into tonight’s game, Calvin Johnson has 714 career catches.
Lions secondary, uninformed legs: Because of injuries and performance, 4 immature players have been removing complicated snap depends together in a second half of a season. That bodes good for a future, presumption they stay healthy and stay together as Lions.Isa Abdul-Quddus has taken over for James Ihedigbo during clever reserve opposite pass-oriented offenses, and that should be a box opposite a Saints.
Darius Slay is in his third deteriorate as a Lion and his second full deteriorate as a starting cornerback. Nevin Lawson has started a final 6 games during a other dilemma given Rashean Mathis postulated a concussion that finished his season.
And rookie Quandre Diggs has been a nickel behind given Josh Wilson went out for a deteriorate late in a Lions’ feat during Green Bay in Week 10.
Abdul-Quddus is a oldest of a 4 during 26 years, 4 months. Slay turns 25 on Jan. 1. Diggs is 22 years 11 months. Lawson is 24 years, 8 months.
Average age of a four: 24 years, 8.75 months.
Quin, a personality of a group, is a geezer of a group. He turns 30 on Jan. 15.
Brandon Browner flags: The Saints’ starter during right cornerback is famous for being assertive in male coverage. He’s too aggressive. He leads a NFL in particular penalties with 20. He’s also been flagged twice for penalties that were declined.
No one is tighten to melancholy Browner for a chastisement title. No. 2 in a joining for defensive backs is Dre Kirkpatrick of a Bengals with 11.
Lions delegate vs. Browner: On his own, Browner has a 20-16 lead in supposed penalties on a 6 active Lions who get a many personification time in a secondary. The totals: Diggs 4, Ihedigbo 3, Quin 3, Lawson 3, Slay 2, Abdul-Quddus 1.
Drew Brees, matchup nightmare: His initial home diversion during a Superdome opposite a Lions as quarterback of a Saints was opening day of 2009. Brees threw 6 TD passes. The Saints won, 45-27.
Last time a Lions played a Saints during a Superdome was a initial turn of a 2011 deteriorate playoffs. Brees threw for 466 yards and 3 TDs. The Saints never punted and won, 45-28.
From 45-27 in 2009 to 45-28 in 2011 is not good improvement.
However, Calvin Johnson dominated a playoff game. He had 12 catches out of 15 targets for 211 yards and dual TDs.