Lions defense gets caught with only nine men on the field

The Lions was severely out-manned on defense agains the Ravens, but that was mostly their own doing. (AP Photo)

No one in the NFL is going to accuse the Detroit Lions of having the best defense in the league, so you can’t really blame them for trying to add a few new wrinkles to their game plan.

That being said, it’s probably a good idea to use all of the players allotted when trying to stop another team from scoring. The Lions, unfortunately, did not follow that advice.

On third-and-seven near the red zone early in the fourth quarter, Detroit lined up with only nine defenders on the field and you won’t believe what happened next.

Actually, you will.

The Lions gave up a 10-yard pass to Baltimore’s Chris Moore and allowed a touchdown two plays later to go down 27-13.

Thanks to the failed demolition of the Silverdome, this only ranks as the second-worst implosion for Detroit on Sunday.

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Blake Schuster is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!