Detroit needs help in the secondary
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson did not test All-Pro corner Darius Slay much on Sunday, mainly because he did not need to. The Lions defensive backs were all a mess. Nevin Lawson gave up a touchdown when he was in position to break the play up. Teez Tabor failed to make a play on the ball for a touchdown as well, and later was beat deep on a simple corner route for a huge gain. Quandre Diggs also gave up a touchdown on a poor play, and Glover Quin let a ball he could have easily intercepted slip behind him for a big reception.
Detroit’s defensive backs — sans Slay — being bad at playing the ball and failing to make plays even when they were in position to has been a huge issue this season. They are giving up receptions too easily and were clearly outmatched by a subpar Seahawks receiving corps.
It’s hard to find a fix. No free agent available at this point in the season is going to be a worthwhile addition and with Patrick Peterson now off the trade market there may not be any trade options either. Where ever it comes from, the Lions are desperate for a remedy.
Damon Harrison should help Jarrad Davis
The addition of Damon Harrison was an obvious boost to the team’s run defense. When he was on the field Sunday, Detroit looked a lot more sound upfront. The Lions newest addition also looks like he is going to help 2017 first-round pick Jarrad Davis a lot as well. Harrison’s ability to occupy space and not get moved out from the interior makes things easier for the linebacker. Davis has less to worry about now with the gaps in front of him properly filled and it gives him freedom to fly around the field.
Davis was everywhere Sunday. He was making tackles from sideline to sideline and was able to build on an impressive performance last week against the Miami Dolphins. The second-year player is finally finding is footing in the NFL and the addition of Harrison is a boost that he will really enjoy.
Kenny Golladay has cooled off from hot start
Kenny Golladay looked like an absolute stud to start the season. The sophomore wide receiver caught 27 passes for 428 yards and three scores in the teams five opening games. He has disappeared since.
Golladay was only targeted twice last week against the Dolphins, catching both for 37 yards. He vanished once again this week. The receiver was only targeted one time by Matthew Stafford, catching the pass for 12 yards. The game plan seems to be featuring Marvin Jones Jr. instead recently as the young receiver has taken a back seat. This is not something to be to worried about at the moment, as he could easily be the focus of the offense again next week, but it is something to take note of going forward.