Detroit Lions Game Grades for Loss to Baltimore Ravens

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) pressures Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line: C+

The productivity wasn’t there tonight, even though there were mismatches across the board. I really expected Detroit’s defensive front to disrupt Joe Flacco more in the passing game than they were able. They responded well after last weeks debacle in Philadelphia, bottling up the Ravens run game. Before the final 19-yard run by Ray Rice, they had allowed just 71 rushing yards.

Linebackers: B

Strong against the run game, and DeAndre Levy made some nice plays, including a pressure of Joe Flacco late. Stephen Tulloch quietly led the team in tackles, playing a key role in stopping Baltimore’s run game. Dennis Pitta was held in check for the most part, which was one of my keys entering the game.

Defensive Backs: B

With Chris Houston and Darius Slay both out, this could have been a lot worse, and frankly, I expected it to be. They started off especially strong in coverage. Twice I remember plays where if Flacco had been sacked (he had all day to throw), they would have been labeled coverage sacks. Sure, there were some holes in the middle of the field, but they didn’t get beat deep on any play, which I believe is actually progress. For what they were working with, this was a respectable performance in my book.

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