This may be difficult. There weren’t many, if any, standout performances from the Detroit Lions in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. In fact, pretty much everyone struggled from offense to defense to special teams. But we’ve been doing this for two straight weeks and we’re not going to stop for one depressing preseason game. Here are your top five candidates for the weekly game ball:
The Lions’ run game has looked really bad through three preseason games, but Riddick finally broke out a long run for an offense that has been lacking anything explosive in the rushing game.
Turning a 5-yard gain... into 34 yards?@Riddick6 is out here bouncing off defenders. https://t.co/nqY9YZ7Ynl— NFL (@NFL) August 28, 2016
That play was pretty much the sole highlight of the first half, and while Riddick didn’t do much else, that run was enough to separate himself from the rest of the pack.
The Lions defensive line got pushed around for much of the game, ceding well over 100 rushing yards on the night, but Haloti Ngata continued to have himself a solid preseason on Saturday. In his limited time on the field, Ngata picked up three tackles, including one sack.
Rafael Bush was assumed to be the starting strong safety a few week ago. However, the Lions may now have a hot competition on their hands. Wilson put together another good preseason performance against the Ravens. Wilson picked up five solo tackles on the night and once again showed himself to be a good tackler and a natural run defender. Bush, on the other hand, finished the night with just one tackle assist.
Yeah, we're going to give some love to the offensive line, and even an interior lineman. Swanson was getting some push and occasionally sealed some holes in the running game. He did appear to give up a sack late in the first half, but we're scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
Jones had another toe-tapping catch on Saturday night, and although he only finished with three receptions for 25 yards, that catch was enough to make this list of modest performances.