Week 7: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

What a game by the Detroit Lions! Running the ball at will against the Miami Dolphins and racking up almost 250-yards on the ground. Between Johnson’s vision and the offensive line opening holes, it was a fun game to watch. Without further ado, let’s get on with “Week 7: 5 Lions who impressed and 5 who did not.”

5 Who Impressed:

1. DT Ricky Jean Francois

Jean-Francois had a wonderful game on Sunday. He is the fifth Lions player this year to have a multi-sack game. He has been a leader on and off the field since he has signed with the Lions in the offseason. Sunday was without exception his best game, not only adding a pass rush but also sealing a few holes in the run game.

2. QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford continues to string together efficient performances as he went 18/22 for 217-yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Since the baffling game versus the New York Jets, Stafford has thrown for 11 touchdowns to only one interception. Between his arsenal of receivers and finally having a run game, it seems the pressure is off of Stafford and on the offense as a whole.

3. RB Kerryon Johnson

Johnson had another 100-yard running game on Sunday — his second time doing so this year. He didn’t just eclipse 100-yards either as he had 152-yards all while averaging eight yards per carry. Johnson is currently ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing yards on the year, all while splitting reps with Blount.

4. LB Jarrad Davis

Davis had a standout game on Sunday. This may have been the best game of the young linebacker’s career. Davis led the lions with six tackles, as well as adding another sack to his stat line. In addition, the second-year pro also played well defending the pass.

5.TE Michael Roberts

Roberts, who is finally healthy, showed glimpses of what he can do when he’s targeted near the end zone. Roberts may have only had three catches, but two of those were in the endzone for a touchdown. Roberts almost added a third, however, he was stopped just shy of the goal line.

5 Who Did Not:

A small disclaimer here. The Lions as a whole had a great game, but I still wanted to pick a few who were relatively less impressive. Therefore, I had to nitpick some. With that being said, let’s move on.

1. RT Rick Wagner

Wagner had a fair game, however, he has shown a pattern of drawing a penalty at the wrong moments. On Sunday, it was no different as he removed a long run because of a clipping call which put his team in a bad position early in the game. The holding call was a 22-yard swing from the end of the run to the penalty.

2. CB Teez Tabor

Tabor had a decent game considering the difficult matchup, however, he is not showing the improvement fans have been hoping for from a second-round pick in last year’s draft. Cornerback takes time to develop in the NFL and it’s too early to call Tabor a bust, but fans are expecting Tabor to show improvements from week to week.

3. C Frank Ragnow

Ragnow also had a decent game but had a few negative plays to go with the positive ones. The rookie was solid in pass blocking and he continues to show improvement from week to week. However, once again, Ragnow finds himself costing his team a touchdown with a penalty. This is the second time this year Ragnow has done this.

4. WR Golden Tate

Tate has been disappointing this season when it comes to his usually very reliable hands. Tate dropped another pass that likely could have been a touchdown. This marks the third time this year that he has done so. Between his drops, the emergence of Kenny Golladay, and his expiring contract, this is not the year Tate was hoping to have.

5. Lions Defensive Backs

The Lions defensive backs made Brock Osweiler look like Jared Goff on Sunday when he completed his first six passes and was only slowed down a little as he finished 22/31. Osweiler is not even an average QB in the NFL and the Lions made him look good. Some of Osweiler’s stats could be inflated due to the front seven of the Lions shutting down the run game of Miami — with the exception of RB Kenyon Drake’s long TD run of course.

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