It’s jumping the gun a little early, with two games to go tonight, but a couple of random observations that I’ve enjoyed from this football weekend.
First, Michigan managed to win against Air Force. I don’t know if it was because of Alabama’s defense or just the game plan, but Robinson broke a few big runs in this game after hardly even attempting them in the first week. That was nice to see. After Robinson graduates this year I hope we go back to more of a traditional Michigan pocket passer, but in the meantime you have to let the guy do what he’s good at. He’s a better runner than passer.
Sticking to college football, I saw this quote in an ESPN article: “Whether you’re giving them the ball at the 20 or the 40, they’re capable of throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass.” That’s UL-Monroe coach Todd Berry talking about Arkansas. It would indeed be something pretty awesome if they could throw an 80 yard pass from the 40!
And moving to the NFL, the Lions also managed to squeak out a win against the Rams. They did it in an unusual way, too, which is by losing the turnover battle. Obviously they didn’t win by turning the ball over; it’s much more common to lose that way. There were 10 games this weekend where the turnovers were unequal between teams at the end of the game; the team with more turnovers lost 8 times. The exceptions were the Eagles, who beat Cleveland despite losing 5 turnovers to 4, and the Lions, who had 3 turnovers to the Rams’ 0 (side note: in the three games where turnovers were equal, the home team won every time).
So on the one hand, it was a bit disheartening to see the Lions struggle against a team that should not be very good this year. On the other hand, getting a win in a game where you are -3 in turnovers is a gift not to be overlooked. If Stafford can stop throwing picks and the Lions can generate some turnovers of their own, future games should go more smoothly. However, I don’t think that will be true next week against the 49ers. Keeping the turnovers to a minimum is going to be a must just to keep the game close.