They had a great gameplan. Put your biggest and most physical corners on Megatron and give them plenty of safety help. Make Stafford beat you with Golden Tate. Because the middle of our field belongs to Luke and anything thrown in his zone is going to be a bad idea. We were able to partially negate their triple headed monster at TE because they didn't want to throw over the middle into Luke which allowed the safeties to play far back off the LOS. We funneled the play away from the middle of the field. This left them with the option of forcing the ball into double coverage on Megatron, going to Golden Tate, or checking down and letting our linebackers run free. I think just as impressive what we did against Megatron was the job that we did against Reggie Bush. You want to talk about a dude that got totally shut down. Joique Bell ended up getting the targets on pass plays and mostly got meaningless yards and no big plays. That was an excellent gameplan.
We would have liked to have gotten more pressure on the QB in the first half before it became obvious they were going to be passing on every down. They moved the ball well in the first half but we were able to get out unscathed due to creating a turnover and their kicker missing two field goals. They had our defense on the field for a long time in the first half and could have easily scored some big time points but our defense played the short field very well and got some breaks.
The main thing is that you can't let Megatron beat you alone. If you're going to lose to the Lions, you better lose to Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, and those TEs or your gameplan was bad. Stafford WILL try to force it to him and if you have the proper coverage on him you can limit his impact on the game. Especially when you're not having to roll your coverage because somebody else is lighting you up too. They should have gone to Ebron more because he was the only consistent threat that scared me out there. His athleticism was even tough for TD and Luke. But holding Megatron to less than 50% of catches vs. targets is a good formula for success.