If you are not aware by now, Pro Football Focus is a website dedicated to grading NFL players’ individual performances based on in depth review of every snap of every game. If you’re interested, here is a look at their grading system.
Let’s take a quick look at what PFF had to say about the Detroit Lions and their victory over the Miami Dolphins, shall we?
With the First Pick
Joique Bell: +1.7
Golden Tate: +0.8
Larry Warford: +0.7
Calvin Johnson: +0.4
Theo Riddick: +0.3
Dominic Raiola: -4.1
Cornelius Lucas: -3.7
Rob Sims: -3.1
Travis Swanson: -2.5
Matthew Stafford: -2.2
I’d have to agree with PFF and say that the top grades were on point with what I saw yesterday. Joique Bell clearly stood out running over Miami’s front seven, and the dynamic duo of Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson kept things going for the Lions’ offense. Riddick’s game winning catch is good enough to land him in the top five alone.
I was a little surprised to see the offensive line get as much slack as they did. I thought Travis Swanson did a fine job coming in for Larry Warford after he suffered an injury.
To be quite honest, I don’t specifically remember Stafford getting poor protection against the Dolphins. I thought he had enough time to work through his progressions but just couldn’t get anything done until the final few minutes of the game.
Stafford wasn’t absolved from blame however. PFF gave him a -2.2 overall grade, so clearly they felt like the entire offense was struggling very badly.
Stafford is now ranked 26th out of 37 QBs via PFF.
Ndamukong Suh: +7.0
Ezekiel Ansah: +4.9
DeAndre Levy: +4.0
George Johnson: +2.7
Andre Fluellen: +2.0
Jason Jones: -2.6
Josh Bynes: -1.7
Tahir Whitehead: -0.8
Caraun Reid: -0.3
Nothing to see here folks, just Ndamukong Suh being Ndamukong Suh.
Suh is the #1 grade defensive tackle on PFF and has the most total pressures (QB sacks, hits, and hurries) of any interior lineman with 35. Eight of those came against the Dolphins yesterday.
Suh has pressured opposing QBs on 9.4 percent of his pass rushing snaps, and I suggest the Lions’ first priority this offseason is to pay that man his money.
Ziggy Ansah had a pretty impressive game as well and recorded six tackles (two for a loss), a sack and a forced fumble.
Who needs Nick Fairley when you have Andre Fluellen joining in on the fun?
DeAndre Levy continues to put up Pro Bowl numbers and is graded second among all 4-3 OLBs only behind Von Miller.