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Week 11 PFF recap: The Lions have the best deep-ball offense in the league

The Lions’ rookie linebacker is going through some serious struggles.

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Much like last week, the Detroit Lions had some very good and very bad performance in Week 11. At times, they made the Chicago Bears look like real contenders. Other times, they humbled the 3-7 team for who they really are. With that in mind, here is a recap of Sunday’s game, courtesy of Pro Football Focus grades and statistics.

The Lions have a deep ball again

Thanks in part to an impressive day from Marvin Jones Jr. (overall grade: 79.2), the Detroit Lions can throw the ball deep again. Matthew Stafford has a season-long passer rating of 133.3 when targeting Jones 20+ yards down the field.

Against the Bears, Stafford was 3-for-5 in such throws (targeting any receiver) for 94 yards and a touchdown. The addition of Kenny Golladay has helped, even though he earned a grade of just 41.6 against Chicago, according to PFF.

In total, Stafford has the highest passer rating (128.6) among all 27 NFL quarterbacks with at least 26 deep targets.

Jarrad Davis is STRUGGLING

Last week, Jarrad Davis posted a horrible 28.2 grade against the Cleveland Browns. This week, it wasn’t much better. According to PFF, he earned just a 38.3 grade. He allowed receptions on all six targets that came his way for 53 total yards. According to the advanced metric site, Davis now ranks 83rd out of 85 qualifying linebackers.

Obviously, Davis is still very early into his career and the Lions are throwing a lot at him, but this isn’t an acceptable level of play for anyone, let alone a first-round pick.

O pass rush, where art thou?

This should come as no surprise to anyone with eyeballs, but the Lions defensive ends in this game were absolutely awful. I’ll let PFF’s Brett Whitefield explain:

Edge defenders Cornelius Washington (42.9 game grade), Jeremiah Valoaga (42.3), and Anthony Zettel (38.3) were ineffective all day combining for just three of those pressures on 64 cumulative pass rush snaps.

But that’s not all. There’s this:

It didn’t get much better in the interior. Despite playing in a career-high percentage of snaps, A’Shawn Robinson posted a 41.6 grade and didn’t record a single quarterback pressure on the day.

Offensive line is still a work in progress

The Lions had their entire starting offensive line back in the lineup for the first time this season, but the results weren’t as good as many were hoping.

Graham Glasgow (70.8) and Rick Wagner (72.9) were the highest-graded players on the line. Again, no surprise, but the Lions did an awful job run blocking. Wagner’s 60.0 run blocking grade was the highest on the team.

Darius Slay is still very good

Slay earned PFF’s Game Ball, as he received the Lions’ highest grade of the game (82.3). Slay allowed just two catches of six targets for 28 yards. Had he nabbed that interception on the final drive, his grade would have only been higher. Regardless, Slay remains a top-10 cornerback by PFF grades.

Interestingly enough, Glover Quin—who has had a quiet couple of weeks—was also graded quite highly by PFF. He earned a 78.5 grade despite the fact that he wasn’t targeted in coverage once all game. However, his run defense was above average, notching four tackles, two resulting in “stops.”

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