The Detroit Lions came out hot against the Philadelphia Eagles, but a lull in the third quarter drew the game a lot closer. After allowing the Eagles to get back in the game and take the lead, the Lions actually made a few huge plays down the stretch and took back the lead for good. There are definitely a few huge candidates for game ball this week, so let's get to it.
Before we get into this week’s candidates, here are the standings after four weeks:
7 - Matthew Stafford
4 - Marvin Jones
5 - Sam Martin
3 - Andre Roberts
2 - Theo Riddick
1 - Devin Taylor
1 - Ameer Abdullah
1 - Eric Ebron
Riddick score the first two touchdowns of the day as a receiver, but he also showed some value as a running back against the Eagles. His final rushing statline was a modest 11 for 49, but he made some huge runs, including a fourth-and-1 conversion that he battled his way through to reach the first down.
No quarterback had thrown a touchdown against the Eagles through their first three games. By the end of the first half, Stafford already had three. Matthew struggled in the second half, and his fumble to open the third quarter was pretty costly. However, just about everyone on the Lions disappeared after halftime.
You’re going to vote for Slay. I know you are, but let me convince you further. Not only did Slay produce the game-winning turnover that gave the Lions the go-ahead field goal. Not only did Slay become the first ever person to pick off Carson Wentz to end the game. But he also had a huge third down stop earlier in the second half that gave the Lions another chance on offense. Big. Play. Slay.
It wasn’t a huge game for Tate, but he got his redemption with a huge 27-yard gain on third down on the Lions’ game-winning drive. He also provided a boost in the running game in the first half, though that gimmick wore off in the second half.
I’m pretty much looking for fillers right now knowing Slay is going to run away with this. Considering Bryant joined the team days ago and picked up his first sack with the Lions, let’s give him a pat on the back.