The Detroit Lions are officially out of the playoff hunt as they suffered their fifth loss in six games, this time in overtime at the hands of the New York Giants. Here’s how each position group graded out.
Matthew Stafford was what we’ve come to expect – erratic and inconsistent. He made throws that you’d expect out of a former number one draft pick, and he made throws that were behind or above receivers. His two interceptions were the difference in the game.
Running Backs: C
It was a tale of two backs against the Giants. Joique Bell showed grit and determination, pounding the ball to the tune of 91 yards and a touchdown. Reggie Bush, meanwhile, lost his fourth fumble of the season and was largely ineffective the entire game. He seemed mentally checked out and lost. Theo Riddick scored his first NFL touchdown in the fourth quarter and continue to show promise.
Tight Ends: C
Brandon Pettigrew was out with an ankle injury. Joseph Fauria had a few nice catch and runs over the middle of the field, as well as finding the endzone on a two-point conversion. Dorin Dickerson had a late drop and holding call stalling the Lions on a 3-and-out, and later confessed he was playing with a concussion.
Dickerson said he was diagnosed after the game with a concussion
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 23, 2013
Wide Receivers: D
Boy, does Detroit need help here. With Calvin Johnson hobbled with a knee injury, no one stepped up to fill the void. Nate Burleson seems to struggle separating from defenders, Kevin Ogletree is very average, and Kris Durham simply does not have NFL-caliber hands. They need to find some help via free agency and/or the draft this offseason and improve here.
Offensive Line: C-
A unit that has surprised all season struggled against the Giants pass rush today. While they had their moments, Stafford was sacked twice. Riley Reiff had a particularly rough game, giving up both of those sacks to Matthias Kiwanuka.