After coming off of a last second win, the Lions went on the road to take on the Panthers in a week 2 showdown.
After taking a 14-10 lead into halftime, the Lions failed to score for the rest of the game as the Panthers defense stiffened and helped lead its team to a 23-14 win to bring both teams to 1-1 on the season.
While Matthew Stafford threw for 207 yards, his 3 interceptions proved costly, throwing one in the end zone to end a drive. Detriot’s running game was not effective either as Joique Bell, filling in for the injured Reggie Bush, ran for 39 yards on 14 carries.
We caught up with Coach Jellison after the game:
What would you say was the determining factor in the game?
When you turn the ball over 3 times it becomes even more difficult to beat the good teams out there. Today, that is what happened. A good team capitalized on our mistakes and got the win. Their linebackers and secondary played a great game. It is hard to win when you turn it over in the red zone.
Talk about areas other than turnovers your team needs to improve as you face the Packers next week.
First of all, we have to do a better job on 3rd downs. They converted 6/9 3rd downs to sustain long drives and tired out our defense. That really hurt us. Second, we’ve got to get Calvin (Johnson) more involved and get the ball in his hands. Getting him only two touches is my fault and is inexcusable. We’ll look at the film and find some creative ways and packages to get him more involved.
The Lions are at home next week against a hated division rivals, the Green Bay Packers.