Lions' top players through first eight weeks of season

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Who are the Detroit Lions' top players through the first eight weeks of the 2013 season?

Here's a look at some of the Detroit Lions' top players through the first eight weeks of the season, as based on Pro Football Focus' grades.

QB Matthew Stafford (+14.6) - Stafford has thrown for 2,617 yards and has 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He has been much, much better than last year, and he's currently ranked fifth among quarterbacks on PFF.

WR Calvin Johnson (+14.9) - Despite only playing in seven games so far this season, Johnson already has 47 catches for 821 yards and 7 touchdowns. He's been absolutely dominant the last couple weeks, and he nearly set the single-game receiving record this past Sunday with 329 yards. On PFF, he's the No. 1 wide receiver.

C Dominic Raiola (+9.2) - Raiola has had a surprisingly awesome season so far. Actually, one could argue that he's playing at a Pro Bowl level right now. It only took 13 seasons for him to get to this point, but Raiola is currently fourth among centers on PFF and No. 1 in the NFC.

DT Ndamukong Suh (+18.3) - Through the first four weeks of the season, Suh was one of the top defensive players in the entire NFL. He has slowed down a bit since then, as he's only ranked eighth on PFF among defensive tackles right now. Even so, he's got 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble through eight games.

P Sam Martin (+24.6) - His bad punt at the end of the Cincinnati Bengals game aside, Martin has been an outstanding addition to the Lions between his punting and kickoffs. He's 11th among kickoff specialists on PFF, and he's sixth among punters. Right now, he's averaging 48.5 yards per punt and has a net average of 42.5.

Honorable mentions - OG Larry Warford (+7.7), RB Joique Bell (+7.5), DT C.J. Mosley (+7.2)

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