Week 7: 5 Players Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

5 Players Who Impressed:

1. S Glover Quin:

Is there anything this guy can’t do? Quin was knocked out just two weeks ago and there was some worry he would miss the Steelers game. Not only did he play, he was responsible for two turnovers. Quin intercepted a pass as well as recovered a fumble caused by DE Anthony Zettel.

2. K Matt Prater:

As automatic of a kicker in the NFL as there is, Prater was five for five on his kicks. Prater was responsible for all 15 points the Lions put up in this one.

3. LT Brian Mihalik:

When a team is forced to start their 3rd-string left tackle and their name is never called, that’s an encouraging sign. I paid close attention to Mihalik as I thought he would be the weakest link in the line due to his inexperience. This was not the case as Mihalik not only played adequately, but he played well overall providing Stafford consistent time in the pocket. His blindside protection allowed Stafford to have one of his best game so far this year in terms of yards.

4. WR Marvin Jones:

Jones took it to another level in this one with his six catches for 128-yards, for an average of 21-yards per catch. Honorable mention to T.J. Jones who also had a breakout game with four catches for 88-yards.

5.  CB Darius Slay:

“Big play” Slay has done it again. Almost completely shutting down another top WR in the NFL in Antonio Brown. Slay followed Brown 77% of the game. When Slay was on Brown, he was targeted four times and only gave up one catch for nine yards.

5 Who Did Not

1. Lions Tight Ends

All three of the Lions tight ends this game had at least one drop, Ebron, Fells, and Roberts all dropped a pass.

This is how the TE’s final stat line looked on Sunday night:

Ebron: Two catches for 44 yards, one drop
Fells: One catch for 12 yards, one drop that was in the end zone.
Roberts: Zero catches for zero yards, but did get his lone stat as a dropped pass.

As much as fans do not like the idea that Ebron is this team’s best receiving TE, it is easy to see that time after time again, he is.

2. CB Quandre Diggs

Diggs had a very memorable game for a lot of fans due to his physicality on defense. Diggs hits hard and plays with a lot of energy, this however worked against him at times. His hit that cost the Lions defense 15-yards with a blow to the head of Steelers TE James as well as getting beat by rookie WR Smith- Schuster for a 97-yard game-winning touchdown.

3. P Sam Martin:

Martin is an awesome punter and the Lions are lucky to have back on the team, however, I have never seen so many ill-timed punts off the side of someone’s foot in my life.

4. Lions Red Zone Offense:

Every player on the Lions offense gets lumped into this one. The offense had a total of 17 plays in the red zone Sunday night and in those 17 plays, the Lions gained nine yards. What makes it worse is they also had a penalty for 10-yards. So at the end of the day, the Lions had -1 yard on 17 red zone plays.

The play calling was not good, the protection was not good, audibles were not good. T.J. Lang said this Tuesday on 97.1 The Ticket that Stafford checked into the run play on 3rd down after reading the defense, and that he (Lang) failed to get to the second level on the play.

After the game, Caldwell said “There’s not a lot of guys who can run through two guys who are unblocked” when asked about the use of Washington in the red zone.

5. Lions Lack of Pass Rush:

The lack of pressure on opposing quarterbacks is a huge issue with this team. Sunday night vs the Steelers, the Lions never managed to sack to Big Ben. Roethlisberger has made a career of extending plays and has a long history of being hard to bring down, but not being able to get him once must be some kind of joke by the Lions.

With Ansah expecting a big contract extension at the end of the year, he needs to step up and start being the force he can be.

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