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WEEK 2: DETROIT LIONS STUDS AND DUDS

As week two wraps up I bring you my weekly studs and duds. This week was a rough one for everyone who watched who calls themselves Lions fans. Without further ado let’s see who made the list this week.

STUDS:

1. RB, Adrian Peterson

Peterson had seven carries for 41 rushing yards, leading the team in rushing yards for the second straight week. He averaged almost six yards per attempt, which begs the question as to why this staff did not give him more attempts.

2. TE, TJ Hockenson

Hockenson had four targets and caught all four balls thrown his way. He led the Lions with 63 receiving yards. Hockenson has been hard to match up against this season and I’m shocked he has not been a bigger part of the offense.

3. RB D’Andre Swift

After last weeks blunders Swift bounced back nicely and became one of the studs. Photo from Yardbarker.com

Swift only averaged two yards per carry in the ground game vs Green Bay on Sunday. However, where he made his mark was in the passing game. After the blunder of a drop last week, he caught all five of his targets this week. Swift was second on the team in yards with 60 receiving yards and totaling 72 all-purpose yards.

4. P Jack Fox

Fox might be the Lions best overall player though two weeks. Fox had five punts for an average of 54.2 yards, with his longest punt traveling a whopping 67 yards. I was worried when they Let go of long time punter Sam Martin go but every week those concerns ease more and more.

DUDS :

1. WR, Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola managed to catch only two of his seven targets for 21 yards. Amendola needs to step up with Golladay still out of the lineup. He led the team in targets and was given the most opportunities to make plays when things broke down.

2. S, Will Harris

Harris made this list last week as well; for the same reasons as last week. Harris has not been wrapping up on his tackle attempts and continues to miss many of them. In addition to his tackling woes, he had back to back 15-yard penalties on the final drive of the first half, which caused the Packers to move downfield and they ended up scoring a touchdown. Removing the Lions lead that they had.

3. OG, Oday Aboushi

A horrible late hit by Aboushi forced the Lions into a 3rd and 25. Effectively killing the drive they were on and stopped all momentum the offense had. Later in the game, Aboushi also got called for a holding penalty which put an end to the momentum on that drive as well. I have been critical of Joe Dahl in the past but it is clear why he was starting prior to his injuries and why Aboushi was on the bench to start the year.

4. LB Jarrad Davis

Davis continues to disappoint Lions fans week in and week out. He did make the play of his career on a beautiful run stop for a loss of yards. However, after that, you did not hear his name once in a good light for the remainder of the game. I don’t think the Lions will be bringing Davis back next year with his lack of production. They also did not pick up his fifth-year option in the offseason.

5. CB Amani Oruwariye

Oruwariye had multiple penalties in his own right along with his teamate Aboushi. He made quite a few mistakes in coverage as well and was part of the reason the Packers were able to go up and down the field at will in the second half. I have high hopes for Oruwariye and this is just a hill to get over.

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