Originally Posted by percyhoward
We held Detroit to 14 points partly because we ran a lot (which we were able to do because we were winning), but mostly because they came into the game ranked DEAD LAST in offense and next to last in TOP.
Our D got off the field a lot quicker today than it did against the Packers, for example. The Lions' average possession lasted 2:08. Last week, the Packers' average possession lasted 3:20. That's got nothing to do with Eddie George.
Now, us holding the ball longer gives them fewer possessions, that's true. But when your average possession is 2:08 what difference does it make how many of them you have? It's basically the difference between punting 6 times and punting 7 times.
We were in the hole 7-0.
Ran a 15 play 83 yard drive = 9:55 of posession
Ran a 11 play 80 yard TD drive = 6:24 posession
Also had a 9 play = 4:42 FG drive
That kept our D rested and better prepared to not get demolished like previos months efforts.
Ball controll offense worked - our D was off the field. 39/21 TOP margin is as good as it gets.
Good team victory. BTW LIONS WERE #10 Run defense in NFL coming in. We pounded them and Vinny made plays.
If not for 3 picks its a blow out win.