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Who was the player of the game in Lions-Browns?

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It was an ugly win, but the Detroit Lions will take the W however they can get it (but they will not eat the W).

There were plenty of things to worry about after Sunday’s game, but there were also several impressive individual performances from the Lions. Let’s look at the bet of those and give out the Week 10 Game Ball for the Detroit Lions.

But before we do that, here are the Game Ball standing after Week 9:

Matthew Stafford - 8
Glover Quin - 7
Darius Slay - 4
Matt Prater - 4
Ezekiel Ansah - 3
Anthony Zettel - 3
Jarrad Davis - 3
A’Shawn Robinson - 3
Jamal Agnew - 3
Marvin Jones Jr. - 2
Darren Fells - 2
Golden Tate - 2
Kenny Golladay - 2
Ameer Abdullah - 2

Now onto this week’s candidates.

Matthew Stafford

Stats: 17-26, 249 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 118.9 passer rating

After a slow start and a horrible interception, Matthew Stafford righted the ship and finished the game with some dimes. His downfield pass to Kenny Golladay and touchdown pass to Eric Ebron were perfectly placed balls and huge plays for an offense that had to carry the team on Sunday. Out of the bye week, here are Matthew Stafford’s collective stats in three games:

70-104 (67.3%), 1033 yards (9.9 Y/A), five touchdowns, one interception, 111.6 passer rating

Golden Tate

Stats: 6 catches, 97 yards, 1 TD

For the fourth straight game, Tate finished with at least six catches and 86 yards. On Sunday, you never would have guessed he was up against a pretty decent Browns secondary. As usual, Tate did most of his damage after the catch, gaining 73 of his 97 yards after the ball was in his hands, according to Pro Football Focus. His instincts for the end zone helped put the game away on a 40-yard touchdown play late in the fourth quarter.

Darius Slay

Stats: 5 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 INT

Though this wasn’t Slay’s toughest assignment this year, he certainly played like the typical shutdown corner the Lions are used to having on that side of the field. Surprisingly, DeShone Kizer was completely unafraid of targeting Slay, and the lockdown corner often made him pay. According to PFF, Slay was targeted 11 times on Sunday, and allowed a passer rating of just 25.6 (six catches, 42 yards, 1 INT).

Jamal Agnew

Stats: 4 punt returns, 56 yards (14.0 average)

There may not be a player on the Lions roster who is more exciting with the ball in his hands than Jamal Agnew. Though his first big punt return was called back because of an unnecessary block in the back, Agnew followed it up with a 29-yard punt return that set Detroit up on Cleveland’s side of the field. Three plays later, the Lions scored a touchdown to take a two-score lead and put the game away.

Theo Riddick

Stats: 4 rushes, 35 yards; 3 catches, 12 yards, 1 TD

It was hard to decide between Riddick and Ameer Abdullah for this final spot, as both rushed well over their season YPC average. However, Riddick displayed his value both as a rusher and receiver in this game. Theo’s receiving touchdown helped the Lions head into the fourth quarter tied, but he’s been surprisingly efficient as runner this season. In his past three games, Riddick has rushed the ball 13 times for 67 yards, good for 5.15 yards per carry.

Poll

Which Detroit Lions player gets the game ball after Sunday’s win over the Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Matthew Stafford
    (239 votes)
  • 41%
    Golden Tate
    (358 votes)
  • 22%
    Darius Slay
    (196 votes)
  • 5%
    Jamal Agnew
    (45 votes)
  • 2%
    Theo Riddick
    (22 votes)
860 votes total Vote Now