Ask and you shall receive
Stafford had one of his greatest yardage producing nights of his career, throwing for 423 yards in the loss. The biggest problem was the lack of touchdowns. At a bare minimum, his receivers dropped at least two during the game.
Marvin Jones, who had a good game overall, dropped what should have been an easy score for a competent wide receiver. Tight end, Darren Fells, likewise dropped another very good pass from Stafford that should have put six on the board. The end margin of victory was five.
Adding to the miscues, Golden Tate, our most sure-handed receiver, caught and fumbled the ball late in the game when the Lions were trying to orchestrate another comeback.
Golladay still out
Kenny Golladay, the rookie wideout, had a two-touchdown performance in week one, but has been slowed by hamstring injuries since week three. His return could come soon, but he has not practiced this week and looks to be out for a fifth game in a row.
On a positive note, T.J. Jones filled in as the number three wide receiver and had a solid game against the Steelers; he amassed his best total to date, 88 yards on four receptions.
This is another unit that must make more plays if the Lions are going to improve and open up some room for the running backs. Taking pressure off of Stafford and the passing game would obviously help the entire offense, too.
When Detroit ran the ball effectively, the passing game was more effective, like in week two. Although Ameer Abdullah, the starting running back, did not eclipse the 100 yard mark, his 86 yards was enough to keep the Giants defense honest. We’re going to have to be productive running the ball to win.