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Lions Random Thoughts By Matt Dery

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions shake hands after the game at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Falcons defeated the Lions 23-16. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 23: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions shake hands after the game at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Falcons defeated the Lions 23-16. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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1. I was very disappointed at the Lions performance. Very. I think the Falcons are a solid team, but nothing special, and this was a very winnable game. From the first snap, the Lions looked passive and just hopeful to get out of Ford Field 2-1 on this three game home stand. You cannot play like that.

2. Martin Mayhew has done a very good job of constructing a competitive team, but this club has holes. The offensive line just continues to fail in the run blocking game and it is finally catching up to them. I thought both tackles (Cherilus and Backus) were very average again and even Jim Schwartz said on our radio postgame that they were just trying to keep Matt Stafford alive back there.
Not a good sign.

3. Calvin Johnson is incredible. Props to the Falcons for really surrounding him all afternoon, yet, “Megatron” still had a 100 yard receiving day and a TD.

4. I am tired of hearing how Louis Delmas is a pro-bowl caliber safety. No he isn’t.

5. Nick Fairley is going to be an excellent player in this league. I focused a few times on him and his footwork for a big guy is incredible. Play him more!

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