Matthew Stafford completed just 40% of his passes for a meager 148 yards. It’s not these stats that warrant the grade though, it’s the five fumbles. Blame the running backs, blame Dominic Raiola, blame the weather, but five fumbles is an awful lot. Especially considering Philadelphia had just one playing in the exact same weather. These numbers seem to tell the story pretty well:
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Running Backs: F
Joique Bell managed a respectable 69 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown, but had two critical first half fumbles. Both fumbles happened inside the Philadelphia 30 yard line (including one inside the 10), which looks even more critical considering the Lions final deficit was two touchdowns. Theo Riddick was largely ineffective as well in limited time. Dropped passes cement the failing grade.
Wide Receivers: C
It’s a challenge to grade this group on a day when their opportunities were limited and even when they were targeted, the passes weren’t as well placed as you’d like. They dropped some catchable balls but, in all reality, didn’t play a large role in the outcome of this game due to limited opportunities.
Tight Ends: D
Eagles defenders did a good job of keeping contain when Detroit ran the ball, partly due to poor run blocking on the edges. Dorin Dickerson dropped a pass that should have been caught. A quiet day for the tight ends.
Offensive Line: C
Detroit struggled to get much going on the ground; how much of that was poor blocking is tough to tell. It’s entirely possible that on a day when Lions running backs could make good, clean, cuts, the running game performs much better. Against the Eagles, however, they struggled to open up lanes. Jason Fox did a nice job replacing LaAdrian Waddle at right tackle. Penalties drop this grade; Raiola had a particularly costly one, getting downfield a bit too quick on a screen pass.