Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during 2nd half at Ford Field. Lions won 40-9. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions: Personal Foul Penalties Could Hamper Team

The third preseason game saw the Detroit Lions rout the New England Patriots 40-9 on Thursday night but the offense was unimpressive despite the defense creating four turnovers.  The defense returned to the ways of two years ago while creating turnovers also committing stupid penalties.  They committed 11 penalties for 102 yards, which is how they played 2 years ago when they went 10-6.  They created havoc which is great, however they need to be more disciplined.

In 2012 they gave away more turnovers than they created, which lead to a  4-12 record.  This game proved they can turn this around, but they cannot keep shooting themselves in the foot by committing personal foul penalties.

Willie Young committed a taunting penalty after putting pressure on Tom Brady. After a fumble recovery, the defense got another personal foul. These penalties repeatedly put the Lions in bad situations.  It is bad enough when the offense keeps kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns, playing on the edge is fine but stop crossing over.  They have to play smarter.  If a player does not listen and keeps committing stupid penalties the coaches need to get him out of there.

With this offense, the defense does not have to win the game just play smart not stupid.  The more penalties they commit the chances of losing a game goes up.  This town deserves a winning pro football team, and they will get it if they can stop the penalties.




Tags: Defense Detroit Lions

  • William Rhoads

    Give me a break I am tired of this issue no matter what the lions do the NFL refs will never give us a break period! I was glad to see the effort these players put in on defense right from the get go! I am glad to see no response from the coach he did not care because his player were out for blood and they got it ! I am sure these players will be talked and fined but you can not as a coach destroy what was happening on the field! its preseason !

    • Tony Fischer

      Thanks for reading,

      You misunderstood the point. It is not the referee’s fault the Lions are committing penalties. Had any of those personal fouls cost the Lions a chance at points, I bet you’d be screaming about undisciplined play.