This one is going to be tough. The Detroit Lions looked awful in every facet of the game. Against a bad Chicago Bears team, there really weren’t any standout performances, as the Lions hardly had any good plays. No one player really deserves any praise after a performance like that, but this is the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Before we dive into this week’s candidates, here’s a look at the standings through three games. Remember, the highest vote getter receives three points, second place gets two, third place gets one:
7 - Matthew Stafford
3 - Marvin Jones
3 - Sam Martin
2 - Theo Riddick
1 - Devin Taylor
1 - Ameer Abdullah
1 - Eric Ebron
Here are this week’s candidates, led by three players from special teams.
The Lions offense couldn’t get much of anything going against the Bears, but again, Marvin Jones proved himself as a reliable target. Jones hauled in five catches for 74 yards and generally seemed to be the only player getting open and catching the ball.
He isn’t creating reliable, consistent pressure, but he picked up another sack on Sunday, pushing his total to five sacks in five games. His performance is a minor blip in an otherwise horrid defense.
It’s never a good day when your kicker is a game ball candidate without a game-winning kick, but a 50-yard field goal may qualify for the Lions’ best offensive play on this day.
Yep, a punter and a kicker on your game ball candidate list this week. That’s how bad this is. Martin a solid 49.0 yards per punt and had a huge 57-yard boot that resulted in a fair catch. That’s very hard to do.
It’s a special teams trio, as Roberts did all he could on Sunday to make people change their mind about him as the Lions’ returner. As the game looked all but lost, Roberts gave the Lions one last glimmer of hope by returning a punt for 85 yards and a touchdown.