Officiating Won't Get a Game Ball, Some Detroit Lions Will

The Detroit Lions reputation for committing penalties proceeds them. Even when grabbing a player by the hair or the shoulder pad the men in stripes see a horse-collar tackle. No game ball for you officiating crew!

The final score doesn’t reflect the nature of the game, rather it represents the severity of the meltdown mode the Lions went into in the third quarter. We’ll deal with that later. For now, we’ll take a cue from University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez. “Let’s be positive”.

Offensive Game Ball: Nate Burleson
The Lions biggest playmaker on the day was number two receiver Nate Burleson. His seven catches was just one less than Brandon Pettigrew’s team high eight and his 97 receiving yards was a game high. It was Burleson’s catch that put the Lions up at the break and many of his other catches went for first downs. Burleson proved himself especially valuable on third downs.

Honorable Mention: Brandon Pettigrew, Calvin Johnson

Defensive Game Ball: Ndamukong Suh
Defensive tackles don’t usually land among their teams’ leading tacklers but Ndamukong Suh is making a habit of that in his rookie year and today was no exception. Suh finished the day with six tackles, on assist and half a sack. The attitude he brings is equally as impressive as his stat line. He lost his helmet during one Dallas running play yet didn’t pull up and got in on the tackle.

Honorable Mention: DeAndre Levy, Lawrence Jackson

Special Teams Game Ball: Dave Rayner
Jason Hanson’s replacement did well to nail his only field goal attempt, a 47-yard attempt that slid inside the left upright. The kick was important because it got the Lions on the board after the Cowboys had taken a 7-0 lead but it wasn’t his biggest play of the day. It was Rayner who brought down Bryan McCann to prevent a Dallas touchdown on a second quarter kickoff. McCann had Rayner one on one and wasn’t able to beat him.

Honorable Mention: John Wendling

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Dave Rayner DeAndre Levy Detroit Lions John Wendling Lawrence Jackson Nate Burleson Ndamukong Suh

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