To kick off the pregame festivities before Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with Aerys Sports Saints writer, Krissy Vogel of Halftime Voodoo.
Later today, I’ll post Krissy’s responses to the questions I asked her about the upcoming game. Read on for our interview:
Q: The last time the Lions were in the playoffs was 1999. Last year, the Lions had a 6-10 record. What accounts for the team’s turn around this year?
A: Several things: First and foremost, a healthy Matthew Stafford was paramount in how successful this team would be this season. And he’s played spectacularly. Obviously having weapons like Calvin Johnson don’t hurt, but we’ve had Megatron for a few years and haven’t played like this. But I think the Eagles proved this season that it takes more than just an all-star roster to perform at a high level. The Lions have had the right tools for winning for a couple years but they had to gel as an organization — both as teammates and under Jim Schwartz.
Q: Matthew Stafford threw for 5,000 and had his first healthy season. How do you think he’ll fare in the first playoff game of his career?
A: I think he’ll rise to the occasion. The Lions aren’t favorites to win Saturday, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win. There was a lot of talk this season about whether Stafford was a “Franchise quarterback.” But what he’s done best this season is prove he can play in tough situations when the game is on the line. That’s not to say he hasn’t struggled. But he’s proved himself when he needed to and when his team has needed to. And that’s important going into a playoff game as big as this one. I think tomorrow will be no different. Win or lose, I think he’ll give Drew Brees some competition for performance of the game. » Continue reading “Behind Enemy Lines: Playoff Preview from Detroit”