Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches pass in the end zone while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55), free safety Reggie Nelson (20) and strong safety George Iloka (43) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Game Ball Does Not Go To Sam Martin


The Detroit Lions game ball in today’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals almost by process of elimination. That’s often the way it goes in a loss, just not enough players played well to get the job done.

Matthew Stafford‘s numbers look big but too many passes sailed high or were behind his intended targets. Reggie Bush didn’t have much room to run. Special teams play was terrible with a blocked field goal and a shanked punt that set up the Bengals game winning kick. The pass rush was quiet most of the day. Cincinnati had their way with the Lions in the passing game.

In the midst of all the “not quite good enough” was Calvin Johnson. Two weeks ago he wasn’t able to play. Last week he was on the field but obviously hampered by the sore knee. Today he was back to being the best in the game. There aren’t many guys that allow their quarterback to heave the ball 50 yards into triple coverage and add a touchdown pass to their stat line.

It may be hard to believe, but Megatron is being honored with the SideLion Report game ball for the first time this week. Had it not been for his nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, this close may have been even uglier.

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
Week 7: Calvin Johnson

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