The Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams this past week. For the most part, the game was close, but the Lions couldn’t find a big play with the game on the line. Here are my five players who impressed and five who struggled.
5 Who Impressed
1. TE Levine Toilolo
Toilolo had a career day with four catches for 90-yards. Toilolo was Staffords best target on Sunday and showed flashes that he may be more than just a blocking tight end. Pro football Focus gave Toilolo a 91.2 grade which is the highest score given out for the offense and second highest grade overall.
2. S Quandre Diggs
Diggs had on heck of a game making multiple impact plays. Diggs was responsible for a number of big plays such as the Lions lone interception, as well as a huge hit that caused the Rams receiver to drop the ball after it was in both of his hands.
Jared Goff goes DEEP.
And @qdiggs6 pick it off!
— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018
Quandre Diggs murdering people out here pic.twitter.com/QMAz6HqpHI
— Detroit Videos 🎥 (@DetroitVideos) December 2, 2018
3. DT A’shawn Robinson
Robinson once again had a very efficient overall performance. Robinson doesn’t stand out on the stat sheet, or often make the big-time game-changing play, but he does give a very consistent effort and make the subtle stops in the run game. Robinson ended this game with an elite Pro Pootball Focus rating of 90.1 — second highest on defense.
4. Damon “Snacks” Harrison
Snacks has been Detroit’s best player since coming to the Lions and Sunday was no different. Harrison strip-sacked Rams QB Jared Goff and recovered the fumble himself. Of course, in classic Harrison fashion, he made a few tackles for loss on an elite running back in Todd Gurley. With the highest rating of any player on the Lions, Harrison was giving a grade of 92.3 by Pro Football Focus.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 2, 2018
5. LB Eli Harold
Harold has had very limited snaps in the recent games. However, against the Rams, Harold made the most of it by getting a sack on third down in the fourth quarter and a very crucial moment of the game.
5 Who Did Not
1. CB Darius Slay
Slay has had a bad year by his standards, Sunday was not his best game either. Slay give up a handful of catches as well as a borderline defensive pass interference call giving the Rams a free first down and 15-yards.
2. C Frank Ragnow
It is safe to say that Ragnow had the worst game of his career on Sunday. To be fair, no offensive lineman looks good when facing of against MVP candidate Aaron Donald. Donald beat Ragnow on multiple occasions for two sacks and a huge tackle for loss on a run play. Even with a double team and help from C Graham Glasgow, Ragnow still give up a sack.
Although a penalty was declined, Ragnow was called for a holding call because he was trying to do anything he could to stop Donald.
3. LB Jarrad Davis
Davis has a tendency of picking the wrong gaps on run plays. On Sunday, this bad habit was on full display. Davis shot through a hole and Gurley easily busted one outside for a gain of 14-yards.
4. CB Nevin Lawson
Lawson has been a disappointment in nearly every game this year. Lawson, once again, gets called for a penalty after getting beat in coverage and cost his team a first down.
5. RB Theo Reddick
Another week another missed blitz pick up by Riddick. Riddick has been know as a 3rd-down back, but he needs to have his snaps reduced due to his poor pass protection.
Stafford straight up called out 58… Riddick missed it and Stafford got sacked 🤷♂️
— Lion King (@LionsRoyalty) December 2, 2018