Key Coaching Decision #1: (DET ball, leading 17-7 / fourth-and-inches, MIA 11 / 10:12 Q3)
• Facing a fourth down at the Miami 10-yard line, the Lions decided to go for it instead of kicking a short field goal. Matt Stafford pushes forward on a quarterback sneak for the first down. With Detroit controlling the line of scrimmage, we agree with this decision by Matt Patricia. After getting the first down, the Lions offense stalled and they had to settle for a Matt Prater 28-yard field goal.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (DET ball, leading 26-14 / 2-point conversion attempt / 3:16 Q3)
• After a Lions touchdown puts them up by 12, they decide to go for two. In our opinion, this was an unnecessary gamble by the Lions coaching staff. The attempt was no good, as LeGarrette Blount was stopped short of the goal line as Detroit missed an opportunity to extend their lead.
• Rookie RB Kerryon Johnson continues to be one of the most productive running backs in the league. He ripped the Miami defense for over 150 yards and averaged over 8 yards a carry. He has great speed and vision, which has added a much-needed dimension to the Lions offense.
• Lions TE Michael Roberts scored two touchdowns and flashed some big-play potential Sunday. The second-year player out of Toledo contributed to an offensive that had well over 400 yards of total offense.
• Detroit’s run defense, which was ranked near the bottom in the league coming into the game, controlled the combination of Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore. They held the Dolphins to 107 yards rushing, with 54 coming on one carry by Drake.
• Miami QB Brock Osweiler played a decent overall game starting again in place of Ryan Tannehill. He threw 2 TD passes and did not turn the ball over, which helped the Dolphins stay competitive against an up-and-coming Lions team.
• Explosive Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson, who was having a great year, suffered a leg injury that really slowed down the Miami offense. If early reports are accurate, it could be a season-ending injury for Wilson.