Week 8: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

The trend of an up and down performance by the Detroit Lions continues. After a 28-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, here are five players who impressed and five who did not.

5 Who Impressed:

1. DT Damon Harrison

Harrison was the best defensive player on the field — for either team. Harrison is known for his run-stopping abilities but he also managed to get a sack. Even with just limited practice time in a new scheme, he did not disappoint. Harrison was able to rack up seven tackles and two tackles for a loss in his limited snap count on Sunday.

 

2. DE Romeo Okwara

Okwara played a very fundamentally sound football game on Sunday. He added another sack and also played his usual containment role very well. The Seahawks had a difficult time getting to the edge on Okwara’s side. Perhaps his best work was not letting Wilson scramble out of the pocket.

3. QB Matthew Stafford

Besides the two turnovers in the fourth quarter, Stafford was the best player on the field for the Lions on Sunday. Stafford threw for over 300-yards and would have had a 75% completion percentage if it weren’t for the drops by the receiving corps.

Stafford’s fumble was his fault as was the Red Zone interception, however, if Stafford had any kind of run game, he would not have had to force the ball into tight windows all game long. Given the Seahawks were only playing the pass, you knew eventually it would backfire.

4. WR Marvin Jones Jr.

As I predicted, Marvin Jones Jr. Had his best game of the year. Marvin Jones not only led the Lions with seven catches for 117-yards, but he also added two touchdowns. Both of Jones’ touchdowns came off long passes reminding fans what he is capable of.

5. DT A’Shawn Robinson

Robinson had another great game this past Sunday. Since Robinson has joined the starting lineup, he has played up to his potential as a second-round draft pick. It may not be obvious with Detroit’s defensive struggles, but Pro Football Focus ranked Robinson game as a 90.3 — good enough for second best on the team.

5 Who Did Not:

1. CB Teez Tabor

Tabor had the worst game of any Lions player maybe in recent memory. There were multiple times where Tabor was in position to make a play and Wilson still targeted him over an open player elsewhere. Tabor allowed a first down catch on 3rd and 7 to then allow a touchdown catch on that same drive. Tabor later had a hands-to-the-face penalty giving the Seahawks a free first down. The very next play, Tabor gave up a 45-yard bomb. Pro Football Focus ranks Tabor 114th out of 114 cornerbacks on the year.

2. CB Nevin Lawson

Teams have been targeting Lawson in coverage all year long. Sunday was no different. When Russell Wilson saw Lawson in one on one coverage, there was a good chance the ball was heading Lawson’s way. Wilson challenged Lawson multiple times and Lawson could not make any plays. Lawson gave up a 24-yard touchdown.

3. KR Ameer Abdullah

Abdullah has been known for his fumbles and not much else in his time in Detroit. Sunday was no exception. Abdullah was finally called upon and given a chance to prove himself to only lose a fumble giving Seattle excellent field position. He has proven time after time that he has no place on this team.

4. LB Jarrad Davis

After a standout performance last week, Davis came back down to earth in this one. Davis did not have a horrendous game like some of the others on this list, however, he did not show what he did last week even with Harrison demanding the double team and taking an offensive lineman off of him.

5. LG Frank Ragnow

Ragnow is a rookie and made a rookie mistake not picking up a stunt and allowing his quarterback to get sacked in a key moment of the game. However, this was not Ragnow’s only failure in this game. He, along with the rest of the offensive line, struggled opening running lanes for the Lions dynamic rookie running back Kerryon Johnson.

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