Lions Players Still Get Game Balls in Hearbreaking Loss

Wow. That was a pretty devastating defeat. The Lions seemingly had a win within their grasp, but a late game meltdown gave the win away. Still, there were a few impressive individual performances that warrant game balls.

Offensive Game Ball: Nate Burleson
Darrelle Revis had Calvin Johnson on lockdown all game, but the Jets forgot that they had to also cover Bureleson. Nate caught seven balls for 116 yards (16.1 average) and a touchdown. Every time the Lions needed to go to the air in a big situation it seemed like Nate was the guy coming down with the ball.

I thought his fourth quarter TD catch was going to seal the win, but it didn’t. Still, he had a very nice day when the team was desperate for another receiver to step up.

Defensive Game Ball: Alphonso Smith
Has this guy been huge for the Lions or what? He was acquired in a trade from Denver for reserve tight end Dan Gronkowski, who was going to get cut anyway, so it was really a free acquisition. All Smith has done is step right into the starting lineup and start intercepting passes. Smith came up with his fifth pick of the season today; Only DeAngelo Hall of Washington and Aqib Talib of Tampa Bay have more interceptions. Smith would have been wise to remain in the end zone after grabbing the ball (they ended up with the ball on the one instead of the 20), but it was a turnover nonetheless.

Who was the Lions player of the game in week 9?

  • Nate Burleson (69%, 75 Votes)
  • Matthew Stafford (17%, 18 Votes)
  • Alphonso Smith (13%, 14 Votes)
  • Brandon Pettigrew (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (tell us who) (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 109

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