Too dejected to really get into the game, but Ndamukong Suh attempted an extra point today when Jason Hanson was injured as a result of a roughing the kicker penalty. The penalty allowed the Lions to score a touchdown instead of a field goal. Suh has a rich soccer background, as his father played semi-pro in Germany and sister played in college. Growing up, Ndamukong chose to pursue a career in football after years of playing soccer himself.
Lions lost 23-20 and fell to 2-6.
I'll update the Stafford injury when information becomes available and I'm all out of tears.
If the Lions played the Redskins all the time at Ford Field, the Lions would be Super Bowl Champs! Two of Detroit's five wins over the past three seasons have come against the 'skins and I can't contain my giddiness -- I'm giving the neighborhood children extra candy this Halloween!
Anyway, as you all know, the Lions won 37-25, thanks in large part to three Leos -- Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford.
Ndamukong Suh is already one of the better defensive linemen in the NFL and he's just 7 games into his career. Thus far, he has 22 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown today. He should be a lock for defensive rookie of the year, and could very well be a rookie Pro-Bowler if he keeps playing this well. 6.5 sacks is a pretty good season for a DT, and he has that before the halfway mark. What's Halloween scary is that he's only going to improve ...
Sit back and watch his domination of the Redskins today:
WR Calvin Johnson nabbed three touchdowns today and, with 8 touchdowns on the season now, it looks like he'll definitely surpass his previous career high of 12 touchdowns (2008). Calvin absolutely torched the Redskins secondary today, and what's more impressive is that he could've had five touchdowns had a rusty Stafford not underthrown him on two particular throws.
Here are Calvin's three scores, including the game winner on 4th and 1. So clutch:
Did I say "a rusty [Matthew] Stafford"? Well, yeah, I did, but his stats don't indicate that he was rusty whatsoever. He completed 58% of his passes (and there were a few drops), threw for over 200 yards (would've been more if two big plays to Calvin weren't called back due to holding penalties) and threw four touchdowns, opposite one interception (which was not too far from being a touchdown grab by Calvin). Stafford looked a little uneasy in the pocket at times, rushed a couple throws, most likely out of fear of getting hit hard again, and underthrew Calvin a couple times, but overall if 32 fantasy points at our QB spot is "rusty" then I like 'em "rusty."
I already can't wait until next week when Stafford shows the world how superior he is to Mark Sanchez...
The Lions lost again (what's new?), but there were some highlights. Like this 87-yard touchdown reception by Calvin Johnson from the Farmington Hills Harrison graduate, Drew Stanton. Calvin caught the ball around the Lions' 40-yard line (roughly a 27-yard pass) and started celebrating by the time he was at the Giants' 47 yard line, as there was nobody even close to him. Johnson, then, jumped into the end zone, landed both feet, skipped a little and, still holding the ball one-handed, tossed it into the air. Here's your muthafuckin' "process," NFL.
Welcome to Suhbway, may I take your order? Yesterday, I had the unique opportunity to partake in a promotional event for Subway’s breakfast menu with the Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Suh is known as being one of the strongest linemen in the league, so naturally the PR firm in charge of the event, Catalyst Public Relations, chose to invite one of the strongest blogs in the league – Detroit4lyfe. Other bloggers in attendance: Isaac from Guyism, Big Al from The Wayne Fontes Experience, Ty from The Lions In Winter and Goergs from IASID. I don’t normally write/report for D4L, but when Bob Biscigliano selected me to attend the occasion on D4L’s behalf, I was thrilled. I mean Columbus wasn’t looking for America (518 years ago to the day) but that seemed to work out for everyone.
The day started off with Suh showing off his abilities as a Sandwich Artist (clip of saving silverman) while making a sandwich for Fox 2 reporter Al Allen. Al commented on how well Suh was doing behind the counter:
Al Allen: You’re really good at that! Suh: I think I’ve mastered the art, I’ve watched it so many times. Suh (to Subway employee): You have a job for me? Subway Employee: I don’t think it will match your salary, but sure.
Unfortunately, Tuck was slow getting through the line and couldn’t make it to his NY Subway restaurant location in time for the call. This proved to be a blessing in disguise as it gave on-site bloggers chance to ask Suh some questions.
I inquired if he received any grief in the locker room for not returning his interception for a touchdown on Sunday vs. the Rams. Suh replied that Corey Williams had made fun of him for not taking it all the way to score. In Suh’s defense, he had to run “at a funny angle.”
When asked about his allegiance to Subway, Suh stated he would “definitely be up for [his] own Subway commercial. [He] was talking to Mr. Strahan the other day about that.”
Suh continued to answer a number of questions regarding the preparation for the Giants matchup this coming Sunday. He responded to the rapid-fire questions thoughtfully and humbly, all while giving off the confidence of a 10-year-veteran.
A reporter in New York pointed out to Suh via Skype the history of rookie defensive tackles requiring several years in the league in order to mature. To which Suh responded, “I really don’t look at history too much. I plan to make my own history. That’s something we are really doing here in Detroit - we’re not looking at the past, we’re looking at the present and are working towards the future.”
If attitudes are contagious, I would hope that Suh’s can spread to the rest of the team and to the city, for that matter. For with this kind of positive attitude there’s no place to go but up, unless you’re going down to the Subway, of course.
Lions fans everywhere are geeked up about the team's 44-6 thrashing of the St. Louis Rams today, but no one is happier than Lions DB Alphonso Smith. After returning an interception for a TD in the 4th quarter, Smith decided to get the '90s party started early with possibly the greatest touchdown dance I have ever seen.
Be on the lookout for this one next time the Lions defense scores.
Of course, we might see a new episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air before that happens.