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Lions-Saints player of the game: Who gets the game ball?

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Just a handful of players had a good game against the Saints. Let’s honor one of them.

NFL: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight week, the Detroit Lions dropped an egg and looked just plain awful against good competition. As far as a team effort, it was a flat, uninspiring performance. But there were a few good individual performances against the New Orleans Saints worth praising, so let’s hand out a game ball like we always do.

Here are the Game Ball standings through five games:

Darius Slay - 4
Matthew Stafford - 4
Glover Quin - 3
Ezekiel Ansah - 3
Anthony Zettel - 3
Jarrad Davis - 3
Darren Fells - 2
Jamal Agnew - 2
Kenny Golladay - 2
Matt Prater - 2
Ameer Abdullah - 2

Here are the five candidates for the Saints game:

A’Shawn Robinson

Stats: 7 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD

With Haloti Ngata out for the year, Detroit needed someone on the defensive line to stand up in a big way. And A’Shawn Robinson met that challenge. Not only did he have one of the most impressive interceptions you’ll see out of a 300-pound, 50-year-old, but he also set a career-high with his seven tackles. His previous high was four.

Jamal Agnew

Stats: 4 punt returns, 106 yards, 1 TD; 1 kick return, 24 yards; 2 tackles

It was an up-and-down day for Agnew, with the ups being very up and the downs being very down. But let’s start with the good here:

Agnew now has two punt return touchdowns on the year and is a clear weapon back there. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the league finds out.

Prior to this play he had a solid 25-yard punt return. But after this play, he had a catastrophic muffed punt that forced Detroit’s potential game-tying drive to start at their own 1-yard line. Still, it was a net-positive day for Agnew.

Golden Tate

Stats: 7 catches, 96 yards, 1 TD

Let’s just watch this play one more time.

When the Lions offense was struggling, but the team was still in the game, Tate was the only player on offense still contributing to the offense. Only 88 of his 96 yards came in the first half, while his cohort, Marvin Jones, only showed up after the game had essentially been decided.

Darius Slay

Stats: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 INT

Slay held Michael Thomas in check. The Saints leading receiver pulled in just three catches for 11 yards on the day. Darius also added a nifty interception in the second half that could have sparked a comeback, had the Lions offense decided to do anything with the field position.

Akeem Spence

Stats: 6 tackles

Spence, like Robinson, had an impressive game in Ngata’s absence. Spence was a solid run-stuffer up the middle—according to Pro Football Focus he had three run stops—and even provided a pressure or two. Detroit’s defensive line was not good on Sunday, but Spence and Robinson were not part of the problem.

Poll

Who gets the game ball for the Saints game?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    A’Shawn Robinson
    (172 votes)
  • 15%
    Jamal Agnew
    (43 votes)
  • 17%
    Golden Tate
    (49 votes)
  • 6%
    Darius Slay
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Akeem Spence
    (2 votes)
284 votes total Vote Now