(ALLEN PARK) - They are probably rethinking their decision to put contract re-negotiations for linebacker Barrett Green on hold in Allen Park today after Green's stunning 11 tackle and a sack performance against the Minnesota Vikings.
Green hardly looked like the player who has struggled at the outside linebacker position over the last four years and who couldn't even get on the field as a rookie second round draft pick from West Virginia. Instead, Green was all over the field, playing with reckless abandon, stuffing the Vikings run game and blanketing backs out of the backfield.
It was easily Green's best performance as a Lion.
Meanwhile, Detroit's "Big Baby" Shaun Rogers was back to performing the way he did in his rookie season. Rogers was dominating on the defensive line as the Vikings made the decision to double-team Dan Wilkinson and leave Rogers mano-a-mano in their protection scheme.
It didn't work. Rogers was in the Minnesota backfield blowing up running plays and when plays were run away from him, he chased them down, catching running back Moe Williams from behind on a screen pass. Rogers finished the day with six tackles
Then there was Dre' Bly playing the same stifling defense he has all season. Bly finished with five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that resulted in a touchdown for Detroit. While he was at it, he blanketed Vikings star receiver Randy Moss reducing him to a non-factor. While Moss caught five passes, none were particularly damaging to Detroit.
The shame of it is that these find performances were wasted in a loss. Because of Detroit's self-destructing offense, none of these players will get the credit they deserve for their outstanding play, especially in a short week as Detroit begins preparing for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.
One can only hope that these three players can duplicate their effort on
Thursday and get some well-deserved national recognition while giving Lions fans
good feelings on Thanksgiving Day.