BARRY SANDERS BLOG
Last week the lions held together and were able to close out the Jets. I think the Jets are a better team than their record shows so far. They are 1-3 but have an extremely tough defense that likes to put teams under a lot of pressure. They blitz a lot, which will cause problems for any team in the league. Having said that, Lions focused on their game plan and were able to execute accurately and efficiently. Great to see 1st round draft pick Eric Ebron get his first NFL touchdown too.
Week 5 brings the Buffalo Bills to Ford Field on October 5th, another team that is probably better than their record suggests. They are 2-2, coming off a tough loss to Houston, but will be bringing their A game to Detroit. The Bills are a great rushing team with Jackson and C.J. Spiller splitting carries. The Lions rush defense will have to be alert the entire 60 minutes.
The defense will have to get pressure on Kyle Orton, especially early in the game. They have to make sure he does not get comfortable or in any kind of rhythm. I think the key will be not allowing big plays to Jackson or Spiller. Both those guys can hurt you from anywhere on the field and we need to keep track of them in all aspects of the game. If we can keep those two having silent nights, I think we'll be fine. Watkins has been very impressive as a rookie, but I feel like pressure on Orton can be the best way to limit how much impact Sammy can have.
This is one of those games that is easy to look past with the conference game against Minnesota coming up, but the guys need to stay focused on the task at hand. The game vs. the Vikings will mean nothing until this game vs the Bills is over and done with.