Week 6: 5 Players Who Impressed and 5 Who Do Not

5 Who Impressed:

1. WR Golden Tate: Tate had seven catches for 96-yards and a TD. Easily the brightest spot on this offense against the Saints. Unfortunately, Tate got hurt in the 4th quarter and looks like he may miss a few games.

2.  DT AShawn Robinson: Had a consistent day makings plays. Robinson topped his day off with a interception return for a TD.

3. PR Jamal Agnew: Another punt return for a TD and now leads the NFL in punt returns for TD, yards, and average per return. 

4. WR Marvin Jones: Marvin struggled with a couple of drops this week but he made up for it with an amazing one handed, spinning catch for a TD.

5. CB Darius Slay: A rare bright spot on a defense that gave up 52 points. Slay had his third interception on the year, already surpassing last season’s total of two.

Slay only gave up 3 catches for 11 yards to the Saints best receiver, but did get beat for a TD by Ted Ginn Jr.

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5 Who Did Not

1. LB Tahir Whitehead:  A few missed tackles in this one– most notable he could not tackle RB Mark Ingram on his 51-yard carry. Whitehead had a few failed coverages as well. 

2.  QB Matthew Stafford: Five turnovers and 12 batted balls is worse than any start against the Saints defense that I could have imagined. Not all were Stafford fault, the interceptions were tipped off WR/RB hands, and/or the D-Line. However, even when Stafford had a clean pocket, he did not do enough in this one.

3.  RB Theo Riddick: The normally sure-handed running back had a dropped pass that he tipped into the air resulting in an interception. Can not give away possessions in a game like this.

4. OLine: Stafford was pressures on 39% of his dropbacks and when he was not pressured, they got close enough and their hands up to tip the ball. There was 12 batted balls in this game for the Saints. Also, for the third week in a row, Stafford was sacked at least five times.

5. Injuries: Seven Lions starters went down in this one. The bye week next week is normally a sad week for Lions fans due to not being able to watch Lions football, but fans should be looking forward to it. The week off for the Lions will give the players some rest time to heal up.

They need to not only for their own good but also because they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night football the following week.

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