Just one week after a disappointing offensive effort from the Detroit Lions, someone stepped up to make the most of his limited opportunities. On the other side of the ball, one player single-handedly brought back the playmaking style the defense needs. The two are splitting this week’s SideLion Report game ball for the win over the Cleveland Browns.
Joseph Fauria was targeted by Matthew Stafford just three times on Sunday. Those three targets resulted in three catches for three touchdowns. It doesn’t get any more efficient than that. The three-touchdown day brings Fauria’s season total to five, just one less than the combined total of all 16 tight ends drafted in 2013.
Who thought the Lions were signing the number one 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL when they re-upped with DeAndre Levy in the offseason? No one, but that is exactly what he has been through six weeks according to Pro Football Focus. His strength is in playing the pass and that was on full display in Cleveland on Sunday. I’m not sure there is another linebacker who comes up with Levy’s first interception along the sideline down the field. His second pick was a gift from Brandon Weeden but there is something to be said for being in position to capitalize on an opponent’s mistake and that is exactly what Levy did. Levy is honored with the SLR game ball for the second-consecutive week and becomes the first Lions player to be honored more than once this season.
2013 SideLion Report Game Balls
Week 1: Reggie Bush
Week 2: Sam Martin
Week 3: Matthew Stafford and Ziggy Ansah
Week 4: Ndamukong Suh and Louis Delmas
Week 5: DeAndre Levy
Week 6: Joseph Fauria and DeAndre Levy