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There are some big games coming up for the Detroit Lions this season, and many players are already out.
Here are our five takeaways from the weekend.
The Lions will need to keep things under control for a second straight year.
The defense was in great shape in the opener and held off the Patriots for the first time since the 2010 season, but the offense has not been able to come together on the field as a unit.
That was evident in a 28-23 loss to the New York Giants in Week 2.
With a new defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine, and a new offensive coordinator in Jim Caldwell, the Lions are going to need to make sure that the defense stays in the game long enough for their new quarterback to get his footing.
Detroit needs a healthy Calvin Johnson.
Johnson had a solid outing against the Giants, but he had one of his worst games in the Lions’ loss.
He has been in a funk all year, with a career-high five interceptions and six touchdowns, and it was not helping that he struggled to get open against the Patriots.
He will be a major factor this week against the Steelers, who have struggled to score against the run all season.
Detroit has not looked like the team we saw in Week 1.
In their first two games, the offense had four rushing touchdowns and the defense had four interceptions.
This time, the team is scoring points at a rate of just two.
The team is only averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and is allowing just 5.9 yards per rush.
If the offense can find some consistency, the defense should be able to be a bit more productive, especially when the Steelers are on the road.
Lions defensive coordinator Bob Quinn is the first defensive coordinator to win a Super Bowl.
Quinn has been a defensive guru in the NFL for a decade and has won two Super Bowls with the Cleveland Browns.
But it was his defensive approach that really made the difference in the Patriots game.
Quinn’s approach is very similar to the one used by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2006 and 2010 Super Bowl championships.
The Ravens defense was the one that took the field and did what Quinn wanted it to do, and they took care of business.
The Browns defense was more like a 3-4 defense that would attack the quarterback in their scheme and do their job.
Quinn is a defensive mind that is very comfortable in the scheme he is running.
The Detroit defense will need Quinn to do a better job of protecting Calvin Johnson this week.
A lot of questions surround the team’s offense.
The offense was inconsistent from the first game of this season and has struggled to make big plays.
It looks like the offense will be much improved when Calvin Johnson returns.
But the Lions will have to find some new answers for this defense to play like a unit that is capable of taking advantage of the opportunities they are given.