1. RB Adrian Peterson
Peterson wowed Lions fans in his debut with 114 yards on 17 touches. He had multiple plays with burst yardage over 10 yards and was the Lions best player on the field on Sunday. This one was an easy choice for the stud section.
2. TE TJ Hockenson
Hockenson came back off of his injury with force. He caught all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Look for more production out of the young tight end in the near future.
3. K Matt Prater
On Twitter, I was mad at Prater towards the end of the game, for his missed field goal from 55 yards out. If he hit it the Lions would have been in a position to win the game with another field goal from Prater, who is almost automatic. However, he did make three of his four attempts, and did not miss short on his 55 yard field goal attempt. It was altogether a good day for the kicker, even if it wasn’t as good as it could have been.
4. P Jack Fox
Fox is a new name in Detroit and I bet some fans did not notice Sam Martin was even gone. Fox boomed almost every punt he had, averaging 49.3 yards per punt. He pinned the Bears inside their own 20-yard line on several of them as well.
5. Danny Amendola
Amendola stepped up in the absence of Kenny Golladay, with five receptions for 81 yards. The veteran receiver lead the Lions in both categories even though a few of Stafford’s throws were off the mark. Amendola made adjustments to go and get the ball, something he has shown a knack for doing throughout his entire career.
Lions Duds :
1. LB Jamie Collins
The vet acted like a rookie and made a bonehead move to get ejected in the second quarter. Although it was very light contact (and the ref did lean into it), you simply can’t make contact with an official.
2. RB Kerryon Johnson
Johnson continues to get outplayed by anyone the Lions bring in. He had seven touches on offense and only managed 14 yards. That is the second most touches on the team and the least yardage on the team. Rookie D’Andre Swift had more total yards in his pro debut. 35-year-old Peterson had 100 total yards more while only being on the team for a week to learn the system.
3. QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford missed several throws in this one, including throws to Amendola and rookie Quintez Cephus. Cephus and Stafford actually just missed a key long throw that would have been a 30 yard gain. Stafford also forced the ball into a tight window which resulted in an untimely interception. Stafford is not going to have many games like this, but this was not a good one.
4. Will Harris
Harris led the Lions in missed tackles and played only part-time in a rotation of Safeties. I believe he will improve as the year goes on but the sophomore is not off to a good start.
5. D’Andre Swift
Swift had eight touches for only 15 yards in his debut. To be fair to the rookie, he did get his first career rushing touchdown. With the game on the line, however, he dropped an easy lob pass that would have won the game. Drops happen, and they are a part of the game, but there was no defender in his face and no big hit that pushed the ball loose. He just did not come down with the ball when his team needed it.
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