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Author: Jon Kuzma
Don’t look now but the Detroit Lions have been heating up a little bit down the back end stretch of the 2015 season. After firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi the Lions have went on a 4 win 3 loss run. That was after a 1 and 7 start and much of that credit deserves to go to new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter has done a great job of getting more out of the Detroit Lions’ playmakers. The coaching shake up has proved to be a valuable move for this franchise and much of those offensive efforts were on display against the New Orleans Saints in Monday Night Football yesterday. The Lions came out rolling getting out to an early 21-3 lead in this game. Matthew Stafford played nearly a perfect game for the Lions completing 22 passes out of 25 attempts on the night. When you have a quarterback throw over 20 passes and only have 3 incompletions good things usually happen for that players’ team. Yesterday was no different Stafford finished the day with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. More importantly though the Lions got the win and this team builds a little bit more confidence heading into the future. Notable performances were turned in by Golden Tate who finished the game with 2 receiving touchdowns. While Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell were both able to rush for a touchdown each. For the Saints Brees finished the match up with 3 touchdowns and 341 passing yards through the air. Showing why he is truly one of the most lethal passers to ever step on the grid iron. Brees was able to make the game close by completing touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, and Benjamin Watson. However the Saints couldn’t do enough late in the 4th quarter when it mattered the most. The Lions improve to 5-9 on the year and look like a much more sound football team than they were when they started the season. With a good draft and free agency this offseason they could be relevant again 2016.
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