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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Panthers 31, Lions 22

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Hopefully, Detroit coaches and players are smart enough. Hopefully, they won't pat themselves on the back after holding Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme to 98 passing yards Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

After all, the Panthers had little reason to throw the ball when two members of their backfield were putting together 100-yard days. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 250 yards, and overall Carolina rushed for 262.

The Lions have now given up at least 150 rushing yards in six of their 10 games this season. If you're consistently giving up huge chunks of rushing yards, it means you can't stop opponents from accomplishing the most basic task in football: Pushing you out of the way.

As a result, an early lead can be a mirage. The Lions were ahead 10-0 and 13-7 before the Panthers outscored them 24-9 the rest of the way. No matter what other areas they try to shore up, the Lions are going to have a hard time breaking their losing streak if they can't muscle up against the run.