Okay, boys and girls. Here we go.
The team finally showed it can win the close games. They kept playing even after several disheartening changes of momentum during the game. Kudos to the whole team for not giving up even when things looked bleak.
Lots of forced turnovers. We've lagged in this category all year and it's nice to see us win the turnover battle against a ball-hawking team like the Lions.
Inspiring goal-line stand. This is about the first time this season that I've seen our D make an important short-yardage stop. Usually, the other team runs roughshod over our lightweight D-line and our smurf linebackers. This time, they dug in, despite some idiotic off-sides (Estelle's off-side was particularly galling).
Forget the injuries to Woldu and Sanchez. Our secondary was brutal the entire game, playing soft as a pillow in zone, giving those B.C. receivers 10-15 yard cushions on most any play. We'd blitz, Pierce would make his hot read, and the receiver would catch the ball in open space with no black jersey in sight. Cox and Kizer, HORRIBLE IN COVERAGE. Our corners are solid, our halfbacks suck big-time now that Drew is gone for the season. I really, really question Cody's release now.
Poor special-teams coverage lets the Lions partially block a punt that sets up a touchdown. Our usual candy-ass blocking on kick returns that leaves the returner to be swallowed up by three enemy players as soon as he takes one step with the ball. At the end of the season, I want Scott Squires fired.
Probably Calvillo's poorest game of the season, not helped by the sudden and inexplicable abandonment by Trestman/Milanovich of the quick-passing game that has made us the top offense in the league. What happened to the quick slants and out patterns that we used to such deadly effect earlier in the year? Frankly, I haven't been terribly impressed with our offense the past two weeks. Teams are starting to figure us out. Let's not do like Winnipeg did last year and nosedive down the stretch.
We all better hope to God Cobourne's not seriously injured. This entire offense runs through him.