The Lions were bailed out by their defense Sunday. Down 27-3 and with the offense struggling, outside linebacker Bobby Carpenter had a 35-yard pick-six and on the Cowboys’ next possession, cornerback Chris Houston had a 56-yard pick-six. From there, the Lions were back in business. The game-winning score was set up by a third interception, by middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch.
“Against the Vikings, we got stops and we were able to score,” said Stafford. “Today, the defense got the stops and the points. It’s crazy how it happens. You just have to keep playing.”
With cornerback Aaron Berry out with a groin injury, Alphonso Smith, the team’s interception leader last year, was activated for the first time this season. And he didn’t play a down. Brandon McDonald filled in for Berry in the nickel package. But, where Berry would play corner with right cornerback Eric Wright sliding into the slot, McDonald played in the slot. Wright stayed on the corner.
Late in the game, the Lions went with running back Keiland Williams more than Jahvid Best. Best struggled to run the ball, seemingly not hitting the holes quick enough. Williams, a bigger runner and better blocker, played during the Lions’ game-winning drive.
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