Detroit Lions Game Grades for Loss to Baltimore Ravens

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) makes a touchdown catch will being pressured by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions playoff hopes suffered a big hit on Monday Night Football as the Baltimore Ravens leave town with a win. Here are your game grades for the Lions.

Quarterback: F

It’s become a common theme here: turnovers. Three interceptions cost the Lions, and there’s nobody to blame but Stafford. He had overthrows, like his final interception, which sailed over the head of Nate Burleson. He had throws behind his receivers, like the short screen pass to Reggie Bush that was dropped. He also had beautiful throws, like the touchdown pass over the shoulder of a linebacker to Joseph Fauria. It’s classic Matthew Stafford. Detroit needed more from him tonight.

Running Backs: C

I thought Reggie Bush actually played a decent game. He averaged over 5 yards a carry, many of which were between the tackles. He also showed the speed and explosiveness on his touchdown run that Detroit coveted when they pursued him in free agency. Joique Bell showed pretty poor vision and will look to rebound next week. Theo Riddick played well in limited action.

Wide Receivers: D

I always, always will give Calvin Johnson the benefit of the doubt. I’ll go as far as to say that what we saw tonight will never happen again. For any other receiver, it’s a decent game. For Calvin, that was a poor performance. Nate Burleson had some nice runs after catches in traffic. The overall productivity is what brings this grade down – Detroit really needs another weapon at wide receiver.

Tight Ends: B

Joseph Fauria finally found the endzone again, which was followed by my favorite touchdown dance thus far. Both he and Brandon Pettigrew made crucial catches over the middle of the field. Pettigrew also had a great block on Terrell Suggs on Bush’s first quarter touchdown scamper.

Offensive Line: B-

Any time you face Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and Elvis Dumervil you are facing a tough task. On more than one occasion plays were stopped in the backfield, but the Ravens were allowed just one sack. Matthew Stafford never seemed comfortable for long in the pocket tonight.

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