Week 11: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

The Detroit Lions lost to the Dallas Cowboys in week 11 of the NFL. Once again, the Lions offense had a decent day, but it was the defense that couldn’t hold it’s own. Here are some individual performers who impressed and a few who did not.

5 Who Impressed:

1. LB Jarrad Davis

Davis had a nice overall game for the second straight week. He made an impact play right off the bat forcing a fumble and recovering it himself on the second snap of the game. Davis also had a couple of quarterback pressures as well. Although Davis couldn’t immediately take Dak Prescott down for a potential sack, he was the only one remotely close to pressuring Dak on the play.  Davis had seven tackles and was PFF’s highest-rated defender on the Lions and also made PFF’sTeam of the Week.”

2. WR Marvin Jones

After adding two more touchdowns on Sunday, Jones is now tied with teammate Kenny Golladay for the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL. Jones was also very efficient catching four of his five targets for 43 yards in addition to those two scores.

3. RB Bo Scarbrough

Scarbrough was a draft crush of mine, as they say. I was really hoping for the Lions to draft the young man out of Alabama. Well, better late than never. Not only did Scarbrough play, he got his first career start and was handed a majority of the carries. Scarbrough led the Lions in rushing with 55 yards and added a touchdown.

4. QB Jeff Driskel

Driskel has been a very capable backup in Stafford’s absence. Sunday against the Cowboys, Driskel had 260 combined yards and was responsible for three total touchdowns — over 50 of those yards came on the ground. Driskel is using his legs as a weapon to keep defenses off guard.

5. PR/KR Jamal Agnew

Agnew had a very solid game putting the offense in a positive position to take over on offense. After several bad games in the past, Agnew looked like his old self versus the Cowboys.

5 Who Did Not:

1. S/ST C.J. Moore

Moore had two special teams penalties on Sunday which took away one nice return by Agnew as well as giving the Cowboys some free yards. For someone who is on this team almost strictly for his special teams play, he can’t be out there making these kinds of mistakes.

2. LT Taylor Decker

Decker continues his reign on the “did not impress” list for a few consecutive weeks. He allowed another sack and if that’s not bad enough, he got called for another penalty. This is now the most penalties Decker has ever had in a single season and there are still quite a few games to go. As he becomes more experienced, he’s making more rookie mistakes.

3 WR Kenny Golladay

Golladay was the opposite of Jones in this game. As efficient as Jones was, Golladay was not with only one catch on five targets. Golladay tied the team-high in targets with Jones and Amendola,  however, each of Golladay’s teammates were able to bring in four of their five passes. Golladay’s catch was a nice one, but even WR Marvin Hall made more of his opportunities.

4. RT Tyrell Crosby

Crosby, like Decker, gave up a sack. He also allowed his man to get to the ball carrier on multiple occasions. Crosby has not been playing to the level we have seen him play in the past, and it’s starting to seems like the new norm. He had a couple of nice games to start off, but this just might be who he is at this point.

5. CB Justin Coleman

Another player who got off to a hot start and froze overnight much like the rest of the state. Coleman has now allowed the most touchdowns in the entire NFL this year. He also fell down while covering WR Randall Cobb — who ended up gaining over 30 yards in a key situation. Make no mistake, a part of Coleman’s struggles is the lack of a pass rush. No one can cover forever, but he was still getting the job done earlier this year. Not so much in recent weeks.

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