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Lions-Texans: Who gets the game ball?

Which Detroit Lions earns the game ball after their 20-13 loss to the Texans?

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The Detroit Lions dropped a disappointing game on the road against the Houston Texans, 20-13. There weren’t a lot of great performances, as the Lions failed at pretty much every aspect of the game: offense, defense and special teams. But there were a few players worthy of Game Ball honors. Let’s take a look.

Game ball standings through Week 7:

15 - Matthew Stafford
5 - Sam Martin
5 - Marvin Jones
3 - Andre Roberts
3 - Darius Slay
3 - Theo Riddick
2- Golden Tate
2 - Kerry Hyder
1 - Devin Taylor
1 - Ameer Abdullah
1 - Eric Ebron
1 - Rafael Bush

Theo Riddick

The Lions running back made a big impact in his return to the lineup. As a certain someone predicted, Riddick was a force in the passing game, hauling in eight catches for 77 yards and a score. He was also somewhat efficient on the ground, rushing for 56 yards on 5.1 yards per carry. On a disappointing day from the offense, Riddick was the best performer.

Eric Ebron

Another offensive weapon returned this week and the Lions tight end made an impact. Ebron led the team with 79 yards receiving and picked up a few big third downs. His seven catches and 79 yards were both season highs for Ebron.

Johnson Bademosi

It’s rare for the Lions to come up with a big defensive play, but Bademosi’s interception late in the first half that not only prevented the Texans from going up three scores, but also allowed the Lions to put up points before the end of the first half.

Khyri Thornton

Thornton was one of three Lions players to pick up sacks on Sunday, but he also did more throughout the rest of the game. Thornton finished the game with four tackles on the day and was part of the reason the Lions were so good against the run through three quarters.

Andre Roberts

Roberts didn’t look very good returning punts, but he almost took a few kickoffs to the house. His final kickoff return of 42 yards gave the Lions a short field when they desperately needed it.

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