The Detroit Lions won another heart attack game. Rather than go into details, let’s just vote on the game ball candidate.
Here are the standings through six weeks:
12 - Matthew Stafford
4 - Marvin Jones
5 - Sam Martin
3 - Andre Roberts
3 - Darius Slay
3 - Theo Riddick
2- Golden Tate
1 - Devin Taylor
1 - Ameer Abdullah
1 - Eric Ebron
1 - Rafael Bush
Here are the candidates this week:
Jones was extremely quiet through the first half of the game, but he came up huge in the second. Jones hauled down a 52-yard catch against Josh Norman who was draped over him and even interfered with him on the play. After that, Jones took off. He finished the game with four catches for 94 yards.
The Lions have been desperate for some push up the middle of the line and Thornton brought it this week. Thornton was only credited with two tackles, but he was in the Washington backfield constantly in this game. Detroit’s defense wasn’t great today—especially in the fourth quarter—but they finally had some pressure on the quarterback and it was largely thanks to Thornton.
Stafford just completed his 100th game and 24 of those games have involved a game-winning drive. That’s essentially one out of every four games. Lions fans were lucky to have a quarterback that won one-fourth of their games before Stafford came along. He good.
Hyder also deserves a ton of credit for the pressure dialed up by the Lions’ offensive line. Hyder had three tackles on the day and a fumble recovery to boot. The Lions didn’t get any help from their secondary, but the defensive line essentially did their job. Today is opposite day.
If you thought Tate’s game last week was an aberration, you were wrong. Why would you think such a silly thing? Tate had another big game, hauling in a team-high six catches for 93 yards. Tate was his shifty self that the Lions have missed for the majority of the season.