Week 10: 5 Players Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

5 Players Who Impressed:

1. CB Darius Slay:

Slay just continues to play like a top 2-3 CB in the NFL. Another lock down game for the former second round pick, Slay continues to improve on his ball skills as he is now leading the NFL in interceptions for all cornerbacks.

2. DE Anthony Zettel:

Zettel continues to be the Lions best and most consistant pass rusher on the roster. He had another sack, bringing his total on the year to six. I really look forward to him having Hyder on the other side in the future so he is not the only one creating plays.

3. WR Golden Tate:

Tate took over this game and is on a streak of great games– four games in a row he has had 85 yards or more.  He added the game clinching TD as well.

4. PR Jamal Agnew:

Agnew is statistically the NFL’s best punt returner. He had two big returns in this game. One was called back due to a flag thrown toward the end of the return. The other was just another great return.  He does not see the field as a defender, but is getting mixed in on offense. He reminds me of Hester who was also drafted as a CB.

5. QB Matthew Stafford:

Stafford had a great game with 249 yards, three TDs and one INT.  Where Stafford excels is targeting all of his WRs, TEs, and RBs to make the passing game work. Stafford’s three TDs went to Tate a WR, Ebron a TE, and Riddick a RB.

5 Who Did Not

1.   O-Line:

The Lions gave up four sacks this game. This unit has to be better at protecting Stafford. The good news is Decker was able to take 69% of the snaps and get his feet wet before being asked to take a full game loads worth of work. Corey Robinson got the start at RG for the first time since high school and he did not even allow a QB hit. He will move back to back up OT with TJ Lang coming back from his concussion, however, it’s good to know we have a little more depth on the line.

2.  CB Nevin Lawson:

Lawson had such a bad game he was benched for a few drives after giving up a 38-yard catch that put the Browns in field goal range. He then missed a tackle that lead directly to a TD. Lawson did later force a fumble, recover it, and return it for a TD. But, even that was only after the player he made fumble broke his tackle and forced him to make a second effort.

3. WR Marvin Jones:

One catch for 22-yards is all Jones was able to get in this game. Tate, Ebron, and Golladay out-shined him in this game. Not to be to hard on him though as he has had a very good year.

4.  LB Tahir Whitehead:

Whitehead continues to be a solid run stopping LB with very limited ability to cover. He is the main reason for Quinn going out and getting Davis in the first round of the draft last year as Davis was a good cover LB in college (who has had his own struggles with that at the NFL level).

5. LB Jarrad Davis:

Davis struggled heavily in this one. Whether you love or hate PFF, he ranked last out of every Lions player that got in the game– never a good title to have. He also missed a few tackles and found himself lost in a few times in coverage.

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