After each Detroit Lions game this season, I’ll give each unit a grade and some thoughts about their performance. Here are the final grades for the Lions Thanksgiving Day win over the Green Bay Packers.
Matthew Stafford didn’t play his best game, giving away two interceptions as well as fumbling a ball that was returned for Green Bay’s only touchdown of the game. He passed for 3 touchdowns and 320 yards, more than enough to beat the Packers for the first time in his career.
Running Backs: A-
What a beautiful game for Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Aside from an early fumble by Bush, Detroit’s backs could do no wrong, finding the endzone twice en route to 241 rushing yards as a team. Give credit to Scott Linehan – he saw a weakness in Green Bay’s run defense, and he took advantage.
Wide Receivers: A-
Three different receivers – Jeremy Ross, Calvin Johnson, and Kevin Ogletree – found the endzone. Nate Burleson was a non-factor, but I’m sure he’ll take the big win. Aside from a few drops (sound familiar?) the Detroit receiving corps played a solid game against a depleted secondary.
Tight Ends: B
Aside from a big 26-yard reception by Dorin Dickerson, the Lions tight ends had a quiet game receiving. Solid run blocking helped spring a few big runs, but Brandon Pettigrew also had his number called by the officials. A solid game, but nothing spectacular from this group.
Offensive Line: A
Anytime you can spring your runners for over 200 yards, you did your job. Riley Reiff was beat by Clay Matthews who stripped Stafford the the only Packer touchdown of the game, but besides that the Packers pass rush was held largely in check. This group continues to impress, particularly in the short passes/screen game.