The Detroit Lions battled against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 4 but ultimately came up short. There was plenty of good plays in this one as well as a few negatives. Let’s discuss…
5 Who Impressed:
1. QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford had quite the game on Sunday with 291 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He led his team all day long down the field keeping the pressure on the Chiefs and Mahomes. Stafford, like Kerryon, did have a costly fumble, which has been a bit of a tendency this year. That does not change the fact he outdueled reigning-MVP Patrick Mahomes in front of the Lions faithful.
2. WR Kenny Golladay
Golladay had his best game of the year with two touchdowns and was a 50/50 call away from a third. He also had five catches for 67 yards in addition to those two scores. He was Stafford’s favorite target getting nine targets and came down with multiple difficult catches.
3. RB Kerryon Johnson
Johnson had a very nice comeback from his less than spectacular game. He broke 100 yards rushing for the first time this year and the third time of his career. Johnson totaled 157 yards from scrimmage while averaging over four yards per carry. Johnson did have a costly fumble near the goaline that turned the tide for the game, however, some the whistle should have blown before the ball came out. At the end of the day, it counted as a fumble but that does not completely erase the great game he had.
4. CB Justin Coleman
Coleman has been the addition of the offseason so far for the Lions. Pro Football Focus has him ranked the number one cornerback in the entire NFL for the 58 corners who have played over 200 snaps. Coleman saved a touchdown and later forced a fumble with the same “Peanut punch” move. Not only that, but he was very solid in coverage against the best offense in the NFL. Darius “Big Play” Slay was out and Coleman stepped up in a big way.
5. FS Tracy Walker
Another week, another time Walker has lead the team in tackles. Before, I used to have the mindset it’s never a good thing when a safety leads the team in tackles, it means the offense is getting to the third level. With Walker, that’s not the case. He uses his speed and intelligence to follow the play no matter where it goes and he is there to make a play. Walker does not wait for the play to come to him, he goes and makes the play.
S Tavon Wilson
I don’t typically do an honorable mention, but Wilson deserves a lot of credit. The unheralded veteran had the second-most tackles on the team and did not even play the whole game. Wilson came in when S Quandre Diggs went out with an injury and filled in nicely. Overall, Wilson had 10 tackles including a tackle for a loss.
5 Who Did Not:
1. DT Damon Harrison
Harrison was the heart and soul of this defense last year. So far this year and moreso against the Chiefs, he has been a ghost. Harrison started and played the whole game (he did not get hurt) and only managed one tackle. If it was not for the one tackle, he got he would not be on the stat sheet at all. No batted passes, no pressures, he was a non-factor in this game.
2. LB Devon Kennard
Kennard started the season so well with three sacks in week 1. He has since yet to get another. With the Lions only rushing three players the most in the league, Kennard needs to get home more often to provide pressure. Kennard only managed to get one and a half tackles for the whole game, which of course stands out in the box score. Where did the Kennard we all know and love go?
3. TE Jesse James
James was/is in a prime position to make a name for himself. After being shoved down the depth chart because of Hockenson’s explosion into the NFL, James will have his time to shine as a starter for a couple of games (assuming Hockenson misses time after his injury). James was the Lions main tight end after Hockenson went down and only managed to grab Stafford’s attention once for his only target — which ended for an incompletion.
Zero catches on one target is not nearly good enough for the guy who was initially brought in and paid to be a TE1.
4. DE Romeo Okwara
Okwara did not really stand out in this game for good or bad reasons. However, I have to stick to my format of picking five players that did not impress and he did not do anything that impressed me. I’m not saying he had a bad game per se, but the Lions that committed the most costly errors also had very solid games as a whole.
5. DE Trey Flowers
Flowers did not have a bad game at all, he just did not meet my high expectations for him. He went up against a backup tackle and did not record a sack. He did have four tackles and a very nice forced fumble. Honestly, it was difficult to pick five players that did not play well. The Lions as a whole played a solid game, but ultimately, Flowers did not live up to his exorbitant price tag.