Detroit Lions: 10 observations from Sunday’s loss to Colts

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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3. Stafford giveth, Stafford taketh away

Matthew Stafford has had a couple nice drives to win games, and last week’s last second touchdown to Hockenson is no doubt a top three all-time moment in his career. However, he just seems off overall this year, jittery, inaccurate, and inefficient.

The numbers don’t necessarily show it (336 yards and 3 TDs without Golladay vs Indy seems good, right?), but in just two plays on Sunday, back-to-back costly decisions and ball security unnecessarily devastated any hopes Detroit had for another comeback win.

4. Kerryon deserves credit for reinventing himself

Through ten games in his rookie season, Kerryon Johnson was the man in the Detroit backfield, making big plays on the ground and receiving, and arguably the best player on the 2018 Lions. Fast forward two years, he’ll go full games without seeing the ball anymore (two touches against the Colts, none vs Atlanta).

Still, he’s stayed quiet and humble and reinvented himself to remain a contributor on the offense via pass protection. Johnson is receiving well-deserved credit as one of the best pass blocking running backs in the league, and it was great to see him rewarded with a screen pass touchdown reception on Sunday.