Matthew Stafford's 54-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, off a well-conceived double play-action call, was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately for Detroit, there were few opportunities to revisit that play Sunday afternoon.
Cincinnati’s offense didn’t run up a high score and didn’t really light up the Lions' pass defense. But the Bengals controlled the ball throughout the game, holding it for 38:48, and ran 25 more plays than the Lions. Receiver Chad Ochocinco did total 137 receiving yards, but it was Cedric Benson's 111-yard performance that kept the Lions' offense on the sideline.
The Lions fell to 2-10 and are in the rough stretch of their schedule. They’ll play three of four games away from Ford Field, including next week at Baltimore, and in two weeks at San Francisco. Based on that schedule, coach Jim Schwartz’s team will have its work cut out to finish 2009 strong.