Week three has come and gone, this time leaving behind a victory for the Detroit Lions. As always I bring you my studs and duds for last week’s showdown vs the Arizona Cardinals.
1. CB, Jeff Okudah
Okudah had a game of two halves. Not like first half vs second half just hot and cold, Jackel and Hide. Okudah showed exactly what he can bring to the table on Sunday with a very nice interception off of Kyler Murray While covering Deandre Hopkins. Okudah has been thrown into the fire vs top tier wide receivers between Hopkins and Davante Adams. His list will soon grow longer as Desmond Trufant is still an unknown on if he is coming back next week. The Lions face the Saints and have Michael Thomas on pace to be back in the mix.
Okudah added two tackles for a loss on the day also showing he is not afraid to get physical and hep his team with run support.
2. QB, Matthew Stafford
After a slow start to the year, Stafford had a nice bounce-back game. Stafford completed 22 of his 31 attempts for 270 yards, and two touchdowns. He had a 52-yard touchdown taken back by a pretty weak holding call, which would have made his final stat line pop a little more. He did, however, have a very solid game, spreading the ball around to nine different pass catchers.
3. LB, Jamie Collins
Collins was Pro Football Focus’ top-ranked linebacker in all of the NFL this week. Collins had seven tackles, two pass break-ups, and an interception. The Lions have been looking for a linebacker who can cover for the last five years… at least. Collins got off to a slow start but seems to have found his grove.
4. P, Jack Fox
Fox is on here for a third week in a row. Fox had yet another stunning performance, which may be a weird thing to say about a punter. If you watched the game, though, you get where I’m coming from. He had four punts for 222 yards for an average of 55.5 yards per punt. Three of those four punts were down inside the 20-yard line and the only one that was not was pinned down at the two-yard line. It was ruled a touchback in the end, due to the gunner not re-establishing himself back in bounds after being in the end-zone, but was an amazing punt regardless.
5. K Matt Prater
Prater returned to his automatic self and hit all four of his attempts. His longest was from 39 yards out and he also hit the game-winning field goal. Prater has always been clutch, and this one was no different, as he sealed the win for the Lions. The Lions would preferably convert at least one of those field goal attempts into a touchdown drive, but a win is a win at this point.
1. OG, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Vaitai was by far the worst player on the field for the Lions on Sunday. His holding penalty, although weak, took a 52-yard touchdown away from his team. He also surrendered both sacks that the lions gave up for the game. To his defense, it was his first game back and he was playing guard when he is normally a tackle. However, he still needs to be much better after signing a five-year deal this offseason.
2. CB, Jeff Okudah
Now the Hide/ Cold part. Although Okudah had his shining moments in the game, and he did, he also had his rookie mistakes. He was taken advantage of for five catches for 79 yards when he was targeted. This was a pretty rare game when not too many Lions had bad performances, so I have to get nitpicking. The rookie’s future is bright and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table next week either vs Thomas.
3. Quintez Chephus
We all knew his workload would diminish with Kenny Golladay‘s return to the lineup. The rookie who played well in Golladay’s absence had carved out his own role in this offense. But would the Lions to continue to use him when Golladay needed rest and was on a snap count? The Lions answered that blatantly, as Cephus had 0 targets for the game.
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