For the Detroit Lions, Week four has come and gone. This time leaving behind a very familiar, and bad, taste in our mouths. Regardless, I still bring you my studs and duds for this week’s showdown vs the New Orleans Saints.
1. P Jack Fox
Fox is making his weekly appearance on this list. He followed up being named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month last month with another great performance. On Sunday, he averaged 54.5 yards per punt. Continuing to show that he is at least one part of this Lions team that does not need to be fixed.
2. RB D’Andre Swift
Swift seems to be an every-other-week player. Week one and three he was nowhere to be found while weeks two and four he finds himself on the studs list. Swift was tied for the most receptions with four on only four targets, he also had a receiving touchdown. He had 52 total yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the ground.
3. WR Kenny Golladay
Golladay continues to be the Lion’s best option in the passing game after leading the team in targets with eight. He brought in four of those targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Lions may have made a mistake not signing him to an extension with his contract expiring at the end of the year. Golladay may now want to sign elsewhere with the Lions continuing to not win games.
4. LT Taylor Decker
Decker makes this list for the first time this year, after yet another solid performance. He once again did not allow a sack and so far in 2020 is perfect in all four games in that category.
1. OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Another week into the season and another week Vaitai is on the duds list. After his second appearance in two weeks, it is clear he needs to move back outside for the Lions. Maybe even to the bench.
2. TE TJ Hockenson
This one was a difficult decision, but I made it. Hockenson had four targets and totaled less than 10 yards. He did have a touchdown and a nice two-point conversion, but he was going against the worst defense in the NFL for covering tight ends.
I don’t know if he was open and Stafford missed him or he failed to do what every other tight end could do in the past three weeks; regardless, he needs to be better– and put up better numbers– in a game like this.
3. QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford had a bad game despite his three to one touchdown to interception ratio. His interception was a terrible throw in the end zone to Hockenson, that if placed better would have given the Lions another seven points and maybe the win.
Stafford has been off this year, he is over or under throwing his targets on a far more consistent basis than he was last year. I wonder if he is hurt or just not the same guy after breaking his back in 2019. He missed a wide-open Marvin Hall for a would-be touchdown as well. Slightly above 50 percent completion and barely over 200 yards vs a team that was missing both starting cornerbacks is inexcusable.
4. CB Desmond Trufant
Trufant, in his comeback game, was a disappointment. That is just to make to make it short. He gave up multiples receptions, missed multiple tackles, and failed to make even one play of note for the entire game. This was all while the Saints were missing their best receiver.
5. LB Jahlani Tavai
Tavai has seen his playing time start slipping away lately, and for good reason. On Sunday, he did not record a single stat. Not one tackle, not an assisted tackle, etc. The former second-round pick needs to be more involved in this defense–one that that he was drafted specifically for.
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