Week 1: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

I understand not many people want to relive this one, but there were some players that did have a solid individual effort. Here is my list of five players who impressed, and five who did not against the New York Jets.

5 Who Impressed:

1. S Quandre Diggs

Diggs started this game off with a bang. Not only did he get a pick six on Sam Darnold‘s first ever career throw, but this also marks his fourth game with an interception as a safety in only six career games at the position.

2. DE Ziggy Ansah

Ansah only played one-quarter but he was a bright spot in the darkness of this game. Ansah’s sack was not only a rare moment for this team as a whole, but it also pushed the Jets out of field goal range on 3rd down — forcing them to punt and saving three points.

3. LB Devon Kennard

Kennard played well compared to some of the other Lions players. Kennard was able to get a sack in his Lions regular-season debut, something the Lions really lacked in the preseason.

4. WR Kenny Golladay

Golladay was the only player on the Lions that played from start to finish while making plays throughout the game. Golladay had more snaps than Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.

Golladay ended the game with seven catches for a career-high 114-yards. He also made the second best defensive play of the game forcing a fumble and recovering it after Stafford threw an interception.

5. WR Golden Tate

Tate had a mixed game but I had to find five good players. Tate ended his night with seven catches for 79-yards and the Lions only offensive touchdown. Unfortunately, he also had two key drops that forced the Lions offense off the field.

5 Who Did Not:

1. QB Matthew Stafford

I feel like Stafford received a little too much of the blame in this loss. However, he definitely didn’t do the team any favors with a handful of risky throws. Even when his O-line gave him a clean pocket, he still missed his mark on multiple occasions. Despite taking no sacks, he took some hits that resulted in a couple injury scares.

His receivers had at least four drops as well.

Stafford threw four interceptions and a debatable fifth in the back of the end zone. He has to be able to read the defenses better going forward. Considering he only has 20 interceptions in the last two years combined, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

2. WR Marvin Jones

Jones had two dropped touchdowns in my mind. Both were difficult catches, but both also hit him in the hands and he did not come down with it. When Jones managed to hang onto the ball, he had four receptions for 54-yards.

3. Run Game

The Lions running woes were on full display for the world on Monday night. Their leading rusher, Theo Reddick, had only 20-yards. Second round pick, Kerryon Johnson, lead the team in carries with five and managed to gain only 17-yards. The Lions third best rusher was Stafford with one carry for six yards, Cassel was fourth best with -1 yard, and after both quarterbacks was Blount with four carries for -3 yards.

4. O-Line

It’s true they did not allow a sack, but Stafford almost never had a clean pocket and running backs always seemed to be hit at or behind the line of scrimmage. Below is a video of Lions first round pick, Frank Ragnow, getting destroyed — giving Stafford less than two and a half seconds in the pocket on a throw that ends up being intercepted.

5. K Matt Prater

Prater was only 1 for 3 on field goals with his only make coming from 21-yards out. He did make his two PAT attempts. I have faith in Prater going forward but this was not his game.

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