The Detroit Lions may have fallen short against the Green Bay Packers today but there were a couple performances worthy of special recognition.
A combination of injuries and maturity issues made for a somewhat slow start to Nick Fairley’s career. That appears to be behind him now and he’s made the most of his opportunity to start a couple games in Corey Williams’ absence – perhaps none more impressively than today. Fairley finished the day with five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. When Corey Williams returns, should he move back into the starting lineup? Games like Nick Fairley played today will make it hard for the Lions’ coaching staff to keep him out of the starting lineup going forward.
He may not have caught an extreme number of passes (five) but Calvin Johnson was instrumental in the Lions’ passing attack in specific and their ability to move the ball down the field in general. His 143 receiving yards accounted for over 55% of the Lions’ net passing yards. The Lions didn’t have another consistent threat down the field and likely wouldn’t have been in position to pull off the upset without Calvin Johnson there to do his thing.