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Week 8: Detroit Lions Studs and Duds

After back to back wins the last two weeks, the Lions could not hold on for a third straight win. They let this one slip away after having yet another lead early on. Without a “Victory Monday” I’ll keep this short as I bring you my studs and duds in this week’s Detroit Lions game recap.

Studs:

1. P Jack Fox

Fox once again had a tremendous performance on Sunday. He had five punts for a total of 262 yards for an average punt of 52 yards. On his first punt of the day, Fox dropped the snap but was able to quickly pick it up and still boom it for over 50 yards.

2. CB Jeff Okudah

Okudah continues to improve week in and week out. Besides his one hiccup on the defensive pass interference, he was solid all game long. He totaled five tackles and only allowed 26 yards on two receptions for the game.

3. WR Marvin Jones

Jones was overdue for a big game and although he only had three receptions he made the most out of them coming away with two touchdowns. Jones was shutout of the end zone for the last four games so this came at a good time. Also, with Kenny Golladay having to leave the game with an injury, the Lions will need Jones to continue to be the receiver he was today going forward.

4. WR Marvin Hall

Hall had his first career game with over 100 yards on Sunday. He totaled 113 yards on his four receptions, including a 73-yard bomb he hauled in. Hall is another receiver who, like Jones, could see an increased role with Golladay going down.

5. DE Romeo Okwara

Okwara finds himself on this list in back to back weeks due to his numerous plays made to stop the run, as well as another sack. Okwara is having himself a pretty nice contract year so far, the Notre Dame product already has five sacks to his name.

Lions game recap

Duds:

1. QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford, after having back to back great games, was off in this one. He did not have much time in the pocket–to be fair to him–and his best receiver was out for most of the game. However, he had a clean pocket and still missed a handful of throws. He was sacked five times, some were his fault and some were not, but he fumbled the ball away on one of those sacks. He also threw a terrible pick-six as well. The veteran quarterback needs to find his retheme next week for the Lions to have a chance. These silly turnovers cannot continue to happen.

2. K Matt Prater

Prater missed yet another field goal. He is kicking under 75% for the season and he seems to have regressed. It may be time for the Lions to find themselves a new kicker in the offseason, especially if he continues to have these kinds of performances.

3. Jahlani Tavai

Tavai is just always out of position. He seems to be found chasing the offensive player who just ran past him on every play. Quinn knew he was slow and big for a linebacker and drafted him specifically because he is big and slow. He said he is a rare kind of linebacker who fits this defense perfectly. When in reality he just seems to fit into opponents offenses game plans perfectly.

4. Lions Whole Offensive Line

The Lions offensive line opened up almost no holes in the run game as well as gave Stafford little to no time in the pocket. This line has been the strength of the team over the first half of the season, so I am shocked by how poor their performance was. As mentioned in the Stafford portion, they allowed five sacks to the Colts. I normally am not a fan of putting a whole position group on the studs and duds list, but when its necessary so be it.

5. D’Andre Swift & Adrien Peterson

Swift was very disappointing on Sunday, giving up a sack on a blitzing linebacker and not being able to move the ball on the ground at all. As mentioned above, the line did not open many holes for him, but he needs to be able to wiggle and shake for at least a yard on an attempt. It was not until the fourth quarter before Swift even had positive yardage for the game.

Peterson played poorly as well, only averaging one and a half yards per his attempts. Both of these running backs combined in their 11 attempts for less total yards than their quarterback– who only ran the ball once. How embarrassing is it that a pocket quarterback outran the Lions’ tandem with a single attempt?

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