Detroit Lions Report Card for Loss to Bengals

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Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) calls out a play during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

After each Detroit Lions game this season, I’ll give each unit a grade and some thoughts about their performance.

Quarterback: B

Matthew Stafford fantasy owners were sure to be pleased with his 357 yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Bengals. He missed some throws that he should have made, but played well enough for the Lions to win. Stafford especially deserves praise for his evasiveness in the pocket today as the offensive line battled injuries.

Running backs: C+

Give the Cincinnati Bengals defense credit here. They plugged up the middle, and did a great job of containing the edges when Reggie Bush tried to take a run to the outside. Joique Bell seemed to run the ball well when given the opportunity and I was surprised he didn’t see the ball more often.

Wide Receivers: B+

I’ve probably been one of the biggest critics of this position group over the past few weeks, so I’ll make sure to give them their due here. With Calvin Johnson back to full form this is a completely different unit. They limited drops and converted on third downs. Like Stafford, this position group played well enough to win.

Tight Ends: B-

A very average game from the tight ends. Joseph Fauria had one reception on four targets, while Brandon Pettigrew had three catches, including a nice touchdown grab.

Offensive Line: C-

Matthew Stafford was often under duress as he dropped back to pass, and the longest run of the day was a 13-yard scamper by Joique Bell. Riley Reiff left with injury before returning after Corey Hilliard left injured. Rookie LaAdrian Waddle filled in admirably at both tackle positions and may have earned himself more playing time while others heal.

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