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Lions Beat Writer David Birkett Breaks Down Monday Night’s Big Game
The Lions entered the 2012 season looking to compete with the Packers and Vikings for the NFC North title. And the team had reason to believe it could, with many weapons on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson proved to be the only reliable threat, breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yardage record and finishing 36 yards shy of 2000. The Lions season was a bust otherwise, and poor coaching decisions by Jim Schwartz cost the team on multiple occasions. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
David Birkett covers the Lions for the Detroit Free Press as a beat writer.
David joined Ed & Steve to talk about the upcoming Monday night game between the Ravens and the Lions.
Steve: Has Matt Elam’s comments regarding Megatron become bulletin Board material?
David: We haven’t’ gotten a reaction from most of the players up to this point but knowing Calvin Johnson I doubt he will pay much attention to it. It might fire up the guys around him a little bit more, but Calvin doesn’t get phased by things other people say. I don’t think Elam was insulting him I think that he was just referring to how good Megatron has been for so long.
Ed: Is Reggie Bush ready to go?
David: Yeah Reggie will be able to go, I think the cold and snow prevented him from playing last week but this week he should be able to perform at a high level.
Ed: What about Ndamukong Suh and the defensive line?
David: Yeah they have been playing well especially Suh, he is having the best year of his career. The lions D ends are benefiting from the inside of the line, I would stay away from calling them dirty or cheap because that definitely fired up the defense.