It seems like any time the Lions win there are a multitude of players to point to that played big roles. That was certainly the case today in the Lions’ 37-25 victory over the Washington Redskins. The defense announced their presence from the get-go and Matthew Stafford was able to work through the rust to keep the Lions offense rolling.
The victory truly was a team effort but there are a few guys that deserve special recognition. That being the case, here are the guys on offense, defense, and special teams that get a symbolic game ball from me.
Offensive Game Ball: Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson may be the most criticized star athlete in Detroit. It looked like we might be in for more of the same after the first three weeks but CJ has turned it up since then. If he was already turning it up in the last three games then he took it to another level today.
Not only did Johnson turn in his second consecutive 100-yard receiving day, but he did it with a season high nine catches with three of those catches registering touchdowns. That makes for seven touchdowns in his last four games. The Lions needed their best players to shine with their quarterback starting his first game since returning from injury and Calvin Johnson did just that.
Honorable Mention: Matthew Stafford
Defensive Game Ball: Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch
It is too hard to determine which player was more dominant today. Suh and Vanden Bosch both had two sacks and were in Donovan McNabb’s face all day. It was Vanden Bosch’s second sack that forced the fumble that Suh recovered and took back for the exclamation point touchdown. Both men arrived in Detroit with high expectations and they certainly lived up to the billing today.
Cliff Avril gets an honorable mention for his two sack day, including one that came on a critical fourth down play. DeAndre Levy ‘s return from injury added a stable force in the middle of the defense and provided some sure tackling.
Honorable Mention: Cliff Avril, DeAndre Levy
Special Teams Game Ball: Stefan Logan
The Lions’ kick coverage was a mess all day but Stefan Logan did his best to make sure the ledger was balanced by the end of the game. Logan couldn’t quite match the impact his counterpart from Washington had but it was a great effort nonetheless. Logan’s 71-yard kick return gave the Lions the ball deep in Redskins territory, a possession that lead to a touchdown. Logan has been the kind of kick return threat that the Lions have lacked since Eddie Drummond and appears to be getting more comfortable by the week.
Who was the Lions player of the game in Week 8?
- Ndamukong Suh (38%, 110 Votes)
- Calvin Johnson (33%, 96 Votes)
- Matthew Stafford (16%, 45 Votes)
- Kyle Vanden Bosch (9%, 25 Votes)
- Other (tell us in comments) (2%, 5 Votes)
- Cliff Avril (1%, 3 Votes)
- Stefan Logan (1%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 287