Detroit Lions Game Grades for Loss to Steelers

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Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After each Detroit Lions game this season, I’ll give each unit a grade and some thoughts about their performance. Here is this week’s report card for the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterback: C-

Aside from a spectacular second quarter, Matthew Stafford did not do much. He managed just 35 passing yards in the second half to finish the game with 362 passing yards. He completed a paltry 41% of his passes, and generally looked off from start to finish, over and under throwing balls throughout the game.

Running Backs: C

Reggie Bush struggled to get anything going, finishing with 54 all-purpose yards and one fumble. Joique Bell ran the ball well, including one touchdown, before leaving with an injury. Against a Steelers defense that was missing two key starters and has given up big games to backs this season, this was a disappointing performance.

Wide Receivers: C

This one is tough because Matthew Stafford did not put his receivers in the best positions to succeed today. The receivers did him no favors though, dropping several catchable balls. Calvin Johnson was Megatron again, though he did not record a catch in the entire second half. Aside from Calvin, the receivers combined for just four catches.

Tight Ends: B-

Brandon Pettigrew went down on the first play of the game but was able to return and was effective as a receiver and blocker. Rookie Joseph Fauria made his only catch of the game in Pettigrew’s absence, an 18-yarder.

Offensive Line: B-

There were good spots and bad spots along the line throughout the game. They allowed two sacks and five quarterback hits. The Steelers defensive line was able to bat down many Matthew Stafford passes, though that isn’t necessarily on the offensive line. A positive: this offensive line again showed why Detroit can be so effective on screens, as they showed good athleticism getting down the field.

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