Week 9: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

There were only a few Detroit Lions who impressed me this week, therefore, a couple of “impressive” players may be a stretch. On the other hand, I had to widdle a long list down to just five players who did not impress. Without further ado…

5 Who Impressed:

1. CB Darius Slay

Slay did not cover Theilen in the slot like I anticipated but he did lock his man down — allowing two catches for 20-yards. Slay boosted his performance by adding the Lions first interception since Slay’s last pick in week 3.

2. K Matt Prater

Prater continues to be the one consistent bright spot for the Lions. On Sunday, Prater managed to hit all three of his field goals with the longest coming from 37-yards out. Lions fans are not new to the idea of their kicker being one of, if not the best, player on a bad team.

3. DT A’Shawn Robinson

Robinson had the Lions fourth highest rating on defense on Sunday. His play was shaky at times but overall he managed a good game. His highlight was a fumble recovery. That being said, Robinson was partially responsible for the 70-yard run by Vikings RB Dalvin Cook.

4. Damon “Snacks” Harrison

Since becoming a Lion, Harrison has been by far the best overall player on the field in a Detroit uniform. Harrison may not be the flashiest player as a nose tackle but is by far the most efficient. PFF rated Harrison at an elite level once again, proving the Lions got a steal in his trade.

5. CB Nevin Lawson

Lawson did not necessarily pass the eye test on Sunday after giving up a face mask penalty and appearing out of position multiple times. Lawson actually had a decent game on a very difficult matchup holding one of NFL’s most productive receivers to only five yards and a touchdown when in coverage.

5 Who Did Not:

1. CB Teez Tabor

Tabor was the worst player on the field yet again — four consecutive weeks in my mind. Tabor only played 14 snaps but it feels like he allowed a completion on every one of those snaps.

Tabor gave up a fourth-down completion on a drive that Minnesota scored a touchdown. Later on, Tabor held his receiver so he could not make the play, however, the receiver caught the ball anyways even with the interference from Tabor.

2. RG Kenny Wiggins

Wiggins only played about half the game due to a timeshare with fellow guard TJ Lang. That being said, Wiggins was on the field for five sacks, two of which were his responsibility. When a player only plays half a game, you should not be hearing his name called as often as it was.

3. RT Rick Wagner

Wagner had a very difficult assignment given the defensive ends the Vikings rolled out. I highlighted this matchup in my five key matchups of the week, and it was a matchup to watch for sure. Wagner gave up 3.5-sacks to Hunter in a very embarrassing performance. Fortunately, he has been pretty solid for a right tackle in pass protection this year and you would hope it shouldn’t be an issue moving forward.

4. LT Taylor Decker

Decker continues to have an uninspiring year by allowing yet another sack. Not only that, he also got beat on a handful of run-blocking snaps — once even allowing the running back to get hit before taking a couple step with the ball.

5. QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford had his worst game since week 1. He failed to get over 200-yards or a touchdown while attempting 36 passes. There wasn’t any interceptions on the stat sheet either, but he did have a horrible fumble on a botched lateral attempt. Although Stafford was not responsible for many of the ten sacks he took in this game, three of them were likely his fault.

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