The Ravens will be playing the Detroit Lions on Monday at 8:40 at Ford Field. The Lions have a record of 7-6, same as the Ravens. They also have an offensive giant on their team.
Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, is considered to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Johnson is second in the NFL with 1,348 receiving yards. Johnson has 12 touchdowns and is widely regarded as the NFL’s toughest offensive weapon to defend. He stands 6″5′, 235 lbs of pure power. He has been known to be too big for safeties and cornerbacks and too fast for linebackers.
As I remember, the same thing was said about Adrian Peterson, the top running back for the Minnesota Vikings. In last week’s game against the Vikings, the Ravens shut him down in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Poor baby.
The Lions are second in the NFL in average yards per game (409.4) and sixth in points (26.6). Quarterback Matthew Stafford is third in the league in passing yards (3,973) and running back Reggie Bush is 11th in rushing yards (854). Bush also has 45 receptions for 448 yards, making him one of the most versatile offensive weapons in the league.
The Lions’ defensive line is one of the best in the NFL. Led by defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. The Lions still rank sixth.
They have the NFL’s worst turnover differential (-11), meaning they are giving the ball up far more often than they are getting it. Quarterback Stafford has thrown seven interceptions and lost two fumbles in the last four games.
At 7-6, the Lions are clinging to first place in the NFC North and are desperate for a win to stay ahead of the Bears and Packers.