Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 21, 2013

James Cook: Lions unable to capitalize


But pinning it all on Martin isn’t quite fair.

If the Bengals hadn’t blocked a David Akers field goal, Martin’s poor punt wouldn’t have mattered, as Cinci would have need a touchdown instead of a field goal. If Stafford hadn’t overthrown receivers regularly, the game is out of reach in the final minutes and the punt doesn’t matter. If the defensive line generates some pressure (or more than on sack by Ndamukong Suh), things could be different. Chris Houston played poorly and was benched in favor of second-round pick Darius Slay, who hasn’t been able to take a job away from a 33-yard cornerback.

Houston said the game was “probably the worst football ... I played in my life.”

“I put the whole game on me,” Houston said after the game. “No matter what nobody says, no matter how the coaches try to put it, I put the whole game on me.”

And not on a rookie punter.



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