Lozon’s Last Thoughts: Thankful For Blake Bortles

Lozon’s Last Thoughts: Thankful For Blake Bortles

Thanksgiving is this week, so I figured I’d begin this article by giving thanks to one of my favorite guys at the moment: Blake Bortles.

This may not come as a shock to you, as he helped give the Lions a win Sunday in Ford Field. A game in which the Lions had no reason winning. A game in which the offense produced nearly 53 percent of its yards in the fourth quarter alone.

The Lions began the game with Anquan Boldin nearly fumbling the ball. It was a scary moment, but the Lions eventually punted. No harm done, I suppose.

Remember, the Jags didn’t have a takeaway in the last five games heading into Ford Field. You all knew it was going to happen.

Andre Roberts muffed a punt and gave it away to end the Jaguars’ horrendous streak. But the fun wasn’t over for Jacksonville’s defense. Golden Tate decided to get in on the fumble party as well.

This is where Bortles started to wrap Detroit’s early Christmas gift.

He threw an awful pass that was tipped a mile into the sky and landed in the hands of Rafael Bush. Doing what was in the best interest of the team, Bush decided to take it to the house and score on a pick-six.

But wait, there’s more! Bortles got picked AGAIN on the Jags’ final drive of the game, trying to attempt a comeback. But no one can make a comeback in Ford Field that isn’t named Matthew Stafford, so Bortles threw an interception that went off the hands, and then the foot, of his intended receiver, plopped into the air and was right in the vicinity of Tavon Wilson.

Game over.

But bottom line: the Lions were not prepared for this game at all, and that is a coaching problem.

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Heading into this weekend, the Jacksonville had one of the NFL’s worst rushing defenses, and still do The Lions, with a weak rushing attack, still should have produced more on the ground than they did. Detroit finished with 14 rushing yards. Theo Riddick had 13 of the 14 yards. Dwayne Washington had six yards…on 13 carries. Eric Ebron had one yard — and a rushing touchdown — while Golden Tate had a -6-yard rush. If my calculations are correct, that does indeed equal 14 rushing yards.

Pathetic. We have no one to blame but Jim Caldwell and Jim Bob Cooter for that mess.

The only thing that is left to be said is this — the best offense for the Lions against Jacksonville was their defense.

Mostly everyone looked good on defense, but does that really surprise anyone? Jacksonville has only scored 30 points one time this season, and that was against a banged up Colts defense. Other than that, they have scored less than 20 points in six games of its 10 games this season. They’re 27th in the league in total points and points per game.

You can give kudos to the defense all you want, but this wasn’t a necessarily good game for the offense or defense. The pick-six helped the Lions win, and the fumble by Chris Ivory sure was nice, but take a look at this team and what they’ve done this season and you realize how much more of a Jacksonville loss this was than a Detroit win. Had this been even a mediocre NFC team like the New York Giants, their receivers would have torched Darius Slay and Co. all day long.

It’s obvious that this Jacksonville team has under-performed this season with the young talent they have on the roster, but they simply outplayed the Lions this week. Even if the W is in favor of Detroit, the Lions will have to be much more prepared Thursday against Minnesota for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. Minnesota is PISSED about losing four of its last five games, especially since beginning the season 5-0. They will come to Ford Field ready to avenge a loss to Detroit a few weeks ago.

This will be the most important game for the Lions’ since their 2015 playoff game, so Detroit fans everywhere are praying their team is better prepared on Turkey Day than they were on Sunday.

EARLY BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT AMAZON!

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