Five thoughts from Lions’ Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison on the tie with the Cardinals

Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the 27-27 tie with the Cardinals on Sunday.

ALLEN PARK — Not long after the game, when the wound was still fresh, Lions defensive lineman Damon “Snack” Harrison took the blame for the collapse and eventual tie with the Arizona Cardinals.

“I wasn’t my usual productive self,’’ Harrison said on Monday less than 24 hours after the game ended in Arizona.

The defensive line played well in the first three quarters, but they deserve part of the blame for the  fourth quarter defensive collapse 

“It was more to it than you guys know, I won’t get into it much, there’s a reason for it,’’ Harrison said. He wouldn’t be specific.

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The Lions (0-0-1) now have to recover and get ready for Sunday’s home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0).

Five things from Harrison on Monday:

1. It was a tie, the Lions are still undefeated but it feels exactly like a loss. “That’s exactly what it is, it’s a loss,’’ Harrison said. “You can’t look at it any other way we didn’t get a point in the win column so for us it’s a loss.’’

2. The difference in the fourth quarter was mental not physical. “Mental errors, that’s all it was. It wasn’t anything they were doing, it was all on us,’’ Harrison said.

3. He didn’t play much in the fourth quarter because he’s not a pass rusher and the Cardinals were down by so much they were in passing mode. “It wasn’t a situation when I was tired, I played 26 snaps,’’ Harrison said.

4. Moving forward it’s all about adjustments. “Just try to lock in, anything you did in that fourth quarter of that game where you could have done better,’’ Harrison said. “Those are the plays you focus on the most, not so much the positive plays, you learn from those as well. It was just mental mistakes that we did that we can’t have again.’’

5. Even though both sides of the ball had positives in the first three quarters on their way to a 24-6 fourth-quarter lead, that is in the past and nothing to boast about. “Not at all because we didn’t come out with a win, I don’t think anybody should be feeling good,’’ Harrison said.

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Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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