It is so much easier to bring you my Lions studs and duds after a win! For the third time this season, we are on a victory Monday. The Lions took it to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday. My week seven, studs and duds each helped and hurt the Lions’ cause in their win. Let’s see who they are.
1. QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford had his best game of the year, and it is no surprise it came vs. the leagues’ worst-ranked pass defense. His 340 yards in the air and 108.6 passer rating were both season highs for the gunslinger. Stafford hit seven different pass catchers as he moved the ball around to whoever was open.
2. TE TJ Hockenson
Hockenson’s five receptions for 59 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Hockenson continues to improve as he gets more targets this season. He is a willing blocker and someone the defenses needs to account for. Hockenson has been open a few times that Stafford either has not seen or just decided to go in a different direction. Hockenson leads the Lions in yards of separation per reception, which is a stat I’ve been paying close attention to love the last couple of weeks.
3. P Jack Fox
Fox was incredible, as always on Sunday. This time, he averaged 59 yards per punt. He had three punts, and two of those were pinned within the 20-yard line. Fox’s punts totaled 177 yards and helped the Lions switch the field positions for the game. It is rare to consider a punter a weapon, but he is absolutely that. Fox leads the NFL in yards per punt, and by a pretty wide margin, his 53.4 yards per punt Towers over the next best in the league at 50.9. I was skeptical of the Lions letting Sam martin go in the offseason, but the gamble paid off.
4. WR Kenny Golladay
Golladay made highlight catch after highlight catch. He led the Lions with six receptions for 114 yards. Ever since Golladay came back from injury, he has been the go-to weapon for Stafford, and it has paid off for the offense. In the last year of his contract and due for a big raise, Golladay might end up too expensive for the Lions.
5. DE Romeo Okwara
Okwara was lights out this week after having not one but two sacks. This is something the Lions have lacked over the last few seasons. Okwara was close to a couple of sacks last week but could not bring down the quarterback in Jacksonville. This week was a whole new story, and he was able to make the big play and help the Lions defense get out of a couple of jams.
1. WR Danny Amendola
Although Amendola averaged 20 yards per catch on Sunday, he had another key drop. He looks slow and can not break tackles like he used to. Like Golladay Amendola’s contract is up at the end of the year, I don’t believe he will be coming back. After a few games this year, he has also had some drop problems.
2. RB Adrien Peterson
Peterson had 30 yards in his 12 touches, and even though he led the Lion’s in rushing yards for the game, this is nowhere near enough. Swift played with some upside and some rookie woes, so his job seems to be safe, but he is not doing as much as he needs to hold his starting position firmly.
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