After each Detroit Lions game this season, I’ll give each unit a grade and some thoughts about their performance.
Matthew Stafford played a very average game, and for that he gets a very average C. He didn’t turn the ball over while completing 62.5% of his passes for 262 yards and a garbage-time touchdown. Not having his biggest weapon available certainly played a large role, as it closed down much of the running game as well. The offensive line did him not favors, which I’ll get to in a moment.
Running Backs: C-
It was a tough game for Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. With Calvin Johnson absent, Green Bay was able to consistently stack the box with multiple defenders. The play calling lacked creativity and Detroit simply didn’t find ways to move the ball on the ground.
Wide Receivers: D
The Lions needed a collective team effort if they were going to keep up with the Packers offense, but it seemed Detroit’s receivers weren’t up to the task. Four receivers combined for just 9 receptions and one touchdown. Dropped balls dropped this grade.
Tight Ends: B-
This grade is a bit higher due to the re-emergence of Brandon Pettigrew as a receiving threat. He did miss a few blocks, but made a few nice grabs to give Stafford a weapon in the middle of the field. Tony Scheffler looks to be playing himself out of a roster spot; I look for Joseph Fauria to see more snaps as the season goes on. In the end, Scheffler and Pettigrew combined for 8 catches and were Stafford’s primary weapons.
Offensive Line: F
In pass protection, the line gave up 5 sacks and never allowed Stafford to find any comfort or rhythm in the pocket. The running game amounted to 64 yards on 19 carries, half of which came on two carries by Reggie Bush in the 3rd quarter. Questions?