Gameday Post, 2010 Preseason: Lions at Steelers

>> 8.14.2010

2009 September 13: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks to pass during a 45-27 win by the New Orleans Saints over the Detroit Lions at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. NFL FOOTBALL 
we won’t be seeing a whole lot of this tonight

The starters won’t play for long.  The schemes will be vanilla.  The crowd will be slow to cheer, and quick to head for the exits.  Everything is made up, and the points don’t matter.  But tonight, at 7:30, the Detroit Lions  will play football for the first time this season.

It seems as though this offseason has evaporated, the long bleak period of silence unexpectedly filled with the chatter and buzz of building expectations.  The call for, and drafting of, Ndamukong Suh has stoked the little blue flame.  More and more folks are coming ‘round to see what’s happening in Detroit: Matthew Stafford developing into a real leader, Calvin Johnson coming out of his shell, Jahvid Best primed to explode onto the scene, and Kyle Vanden Bosch cranking up the intensity on one of the most talented defensive lines in football. 

Besides new national attention, old friends are coming back home to sit by the fire.  I’m seeing Lions hats and T-shirts more than I have in years.  I’m talking Lions with people—really talking about what’s happening, not just “Oh you’re still a fan, huh?”  People really are eager to see the Lions take take the next step: they’ve gone from oblivion to existence; now from existence to worthwhile existence.

Of course, as I’ve said multiple times, there’s a danger in this: now that the Lions have taken one step forward, it’s possible that they could take a step back.   Now that they’ve made progress, they may regress.  It’s no longer true that the only way to go from here is up.  Of course, it’s evident that this year’s Lions are more talented than last year’s iteration—but that safety net is gone.  With the possibility of hope fulfilled, comes the possibility of hope denied.

In terms of the mechanics of the game, I did a guest game preview column for a very cool Steelers blog, The Steelers N'at.  Pop over there and check it out (I included a little Aaron Brown highlight action for ya).

So, friends, are you ready?  Is your parka off, and your jersey on?  Are you feeling the heat of the blue bonfire?  Let’s pour some cider, clink our mugs, and hang out in the comments section!


4 comments:

A Lion in ViQueen Territory,  August 14, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Can you do me the favor of opening up Skype and pointing your webcam at the TV so I can watch the game? Cause the best I can do here is the ViQueens....

Joe Willy August 15, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

Go to MLive next time to find links to games- commenters there will help point the way.

Thought the D-line (especially Avril and KVB) looked really good against the Pittsburgh starters (Suh ate up the double teams and was even showing he's capable of handling 2 guys) . Best and Sheffler and Burleson looked like real options. I didn't think Stafford was quite as crisp as others seem to think- thought he missed on a few he should've had. Hill looks capable and Stanton still shows me nothing to think they shouldn't use that roster spot for Willie Young, Tim Toone (they both showed some flashes, Young looked really good a couple of times) or someone else a team in need could steal from the practice squad. Circiu got to put a lot on tape though he looked simply like a halfway mediocre backup and not much more- didn't help that Dixon is a real athlete and probably got a few Lions in trouble with Gunther. Phillips looked decent but I don't remember any other DBs overly impressing me. Neither Dorsey or Aaron Brown showed a lot.

Ty August 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

ALiVQT--

Yeah, I had problems with watching the game myself! I had to catch most of it on the replay today. Not sure why getting preseason games on TV is so hard.

Peace
Ty

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