- One of the most promising developments from Sunday’s game against the Steelers was Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay dominating his first matchup against All Pro receiver Antonio Brown. Although Brown finished with five catches for 70 yards, Slay completely shut down Brown when lined up over him:
As expected, Darius Slay shadowed Antonio Brown. Covered him on 77% of routes. Brown caught 1-of-4 targets for 9 yards in Slay's coverage— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) October 30, 2017
- After the game Slay swapped jerseys with Brown and the Steelers receiver left a note for him:
- Justin Rogers of the Detroit News notes how a failed running attack seems to follow Lions head coach Jim Caldwell wherever he goes.
- With Eric Ebron potentially on the trading block, one former NFL tight end is offering to help Detroit’s red zone woes:
I heard certain teams are having trouble in the redzone... pic.twitter.com/PfIRPkyJZb— Joseph Fauria (@BigJoeFauria) October 30, 2017
Another former Lions player took notice of Detroit’s struggling running game:
Detroit Lions 58 consecutive games without 100 yard rusher whoa! I wonder who that last 100 yard rusher was?— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) October 30, 2017
- Ty Schalter of Lions Wire makes the argument that Jim Caldwell made the right decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal early in the second half.
- This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Lions have been absolutely horrible in short-yardage situations on third and fourth down this year:
Some perspective on Lions converting just 4 of 12 third- or fourth-and-1 situations.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 30, 2017
NFL percentage in those situations is 66.5%
- Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a gruesome leg injury that was so severe doctors were fighting to save his leg from being amputated. Thankfully, Miller underwent successful vascular surgery. However, more surgeries could be ahead for Miller and his career is likely over.