The Detroit Lions struggled to knock out the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, ultimately losing in a 28-24 loss.
A major reason why the defeat played out in the end was early penalties. Detroit had a total of seven penalties for 59 yards that day, and most of those came late against cornerback Amani Oruwariye.
Oruwariye was flagged for multiple pass intervention penalties in the loss and as he told media after the game felt some of the calls were borderline, especially given the solid job the Lions had done at Justin Jefferson.
“I thought when they knew we were taking out 18, the first, that illegal contact, even (Adam) Thielen came up to me and said, ‘Come on, that wasn’t a flag.’ A few of those were questionable, but I mean, at the end of the day, they’re flags. I just have to clean up little things like that and get better.
While Oruwariye may not have been comfortable with the calls, he clearly knows he cannot put himself in the position of even being called for her. Even though he may not agree with the demands, Oruwariye will prevail.
Penalties aside, the Löwen had a chance to improve significantly in the final minutes of the game and were still capable of winning. That’s something to hang your hat on this week.
Oruwariye: Lions need to unite
Whether or not the calls were borderline, the Lions need to find a way to discipline themselves on the field. According to Oruwariye, they must not let their self-confidence break.
After a tough, close loss, the Lions need to stick together and remain confident, which teams of the past may not have been able to do.
“We just have to be careful not to make fun of ourselves like the old Lions did. Obviously, I think everyone knows that (we) are a different team, even with a loss like this, so we just have to rally around each other,” he told media.
Moving up in Week 4 will now be the goal for the Lions and they need to find a way to make it happen.
Oruwariye’s career stats and highlights
So far this year, Oruwariye hasn’t had a great start to the season with 13 tackles and one pass defended in two games, but injury slowed him down before Week 2.
During the 2019 season when he started the league, Oruwariye also didn’t do much for the team statistically early on as he was struggling with a knee injury. After this point, however, it increased.
Oruwariye finished 2019 with 2 interceptions and 19 tackles for the Lions but was a player who performed well before going to work in college. During the 2020 season on the field, he had 53 tackles, 1 interception and 7 passes defended, meaning he could easily eclipse his statistical work from last season, which puts him on the right track.
While playing for Penn State, Oruwariye put up 108 tackles and 8 interceptions while scoring 1 touchdown. Last year he showed himself big for the Lions with countless big plays. In total, Oruwariye had 57 tackles, 11 passes defended and 6 interceptions. Here’s a look at his highlights:
So far in Detroit he has shown his ability to step up and stay in cover and could be the best cornerback on the team at this point.
Hopefully Oruwariye doesn’t lose his confidence and can recover for Detroit. Flags or not, the cornerback has a lot to offer and will be a key part of the team for the rest of the year.
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