The Detroit Lions fell behind early against the Minnesota Vikings and dug themselves into a hole they couldn’t pull themselves out of this time. That being said, there were a lot of impressive individual performances and our friends at Pro Football Focus have the grades to prove it. Here’s PFF’s Week 12 Detroit Lions recap.
Jarrad Davis redemption
The Lions’ rookie linebacker entered Week 12 as the third-lowest graded linebacker in the league, but he didn’t finish that way. Davis earned an impressive 85.1 PFF grade this week thanks in part to five run stops on 34 run defense snaps. Missed tackles have been a problem for him this year, but he did not miss a single tackle in this game.
But it’s important to note the interesting adjustment the Lions defense has made with Davis (as previously mentioned in our snap counts): Davis is frequently coming off the field for passing downs. According to PFF, Davis only played in 19 of 36 pass defense snaps, indicating the Lions may not trust his coverage skills. In this game, however, he was not targeted once.
The Lions have a pass rush?
Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel combined to create nine pressures on Case Keenum. Ziggy had four of those on just 16 pass defense snaps, meaning he created pressure on one-fourth of every passing down he participated in. Akeem Spence added 1.5 sacks of his own, too.
A’Shawn Robinson wasn’t much of a force in creating pressure, but he had four stops in the running game and earned a solid 81.8 overall grade, only bested by Zettel (84.1) on the defensive line. Ansah, despite his efficient day as a pass rusher, earned just a 46.5 grade thanks to being a “complete liability defending the run.”
Marvin Jones Jr. nearly a top 10 WR
It should come as no surprise that Marvin Jones earned the highest grade among all Lions on Thursday. Lined up against Xavier Rhodes for much of the game, Jones continued to be Matthew Stafford’s best deep-ball option. For the season (prior to Sunday’s games), Jones ranked second in deep ball receptions (10) and yards (328), while leading the league with five deep ball touchdowns.
Jones now has the second-most receiving touchdowns in the league (8) and has PFF’s 13th highest grade among wide receivers (prior to Sunday’s games).
Lions’ interior OL can pass block
According to PFF, Graham Glasgow (81.4), Travis Swanson (74.0) and T.J. Lang (86.3) did not allow a single pressure during the entire game. That being said, once Swanson left with an injury, things quickly went downhill. Corey Robinson came in stunk up the joint. He allowed four pressures on just 14 passing plays.
Additionally, Taylor Decker struggled on the edge against Everson Griffen. He allowed three pressures and a sack, earning just a 42.1 pass block grade on Thursday. The positive spin: he earned an impressive 82.9 run block grade.