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Detroit Lions Week 14 Player of the Game: 5 Game Ball candidates vs. Cardinals

Who was the Player of the Game on Sunday?

NFL: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions picked up their fifth win of the season, and while it wasn’t all that pretty, there were some good individual performances on Sunday, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Lions held the Cardinals to just three points on the day, their second lowest output of the season.

With that in mind, let’s get to our five candidates for our Player of the Game game ball. Here are the Game Ball standings through Detroits’ first 12 games. First place in voting earns three points, second place earns two points, and third place in voting gets a single point each week.

Game Ball standings through Week 13:

Kenny Golladay - 13.5
Damon Harrison Sr. - 13
Kerryon Johnson - 11
Quandre Diggs - 4
Darius Slay - 3.5
Devon Kennard - 3
Golden Tate - 3
Da’Shawn Hand - 3
Matthew Stafford - 3
Marvin Jones Jr. - 3
LeGarrette Blount - 3
Frank Ragnow - 2
Michael Roberts - 2
Romeo Okwara - 1
Matt Prater - 1
Sam Martin - 1
Mike Ford - 1
Levine Toilolo - 1

Here are this week’s candidates:

Jarrad Davis

Stats: 8 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass defended

From the opening snap, Jarrad Davis was playing with the kind of decisiveness and aggression that plays to the young linebacker’s strengths. He was blowing up screens, he was wrapping up nicely, and he was a huge threat as a pass rusher.

Davis was literally doing everything out there for Detroit’s defense and he was a big reason the Lions were forcing punts all day from the Cardinals.

Zach Zenner

Stats: 12 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD

As the Cardinals offense was starting to get going, it looked like they may work their way back into the game. Zach Zenner almost single-handedly made sure that wasn’t going to happen.

Up 10-3 with 8:14 left, the Lions went to Zenner for literally every play* of a 7-play, four-minute drive. Zenner took on the responsibility, rushing for 43 yards and a game-clinching score. The popular fourth-string running back made the most of his limited opportunities, and actually led the team in rushing with 54 total yards.

*a pass to Kenny Golladay was mixed in, but because it was called for pass interference, it’s technically not a play

Darius Slay

Stats: 3 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD

It’s hard to believe this was Darius Slay’s first touchdown of his illustrious career, but it was a pretty one. His pick-six of Josh Rosen was not only a display of his instincts and speed, but it changed the entire dynamic of the rest of the game.

But Slay’s day wasn’t limited to that one play. Fighting through injury, Slay managed to get his hands on three

A’Shawn Robinson

Stats: 8 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 2 QB hits

Last week, Ricky Jean Francois said that A’Shawn Robinson will be a top-three run stuffer in the NFL, and on Sunday, Robinson played like it. He was plugging rushing lanes left and right, which helped hold David Johnson to just 49 yards on 15 carries (3.3 YPC).

But Robinson is also starting to grow as a pass rusher. Robinson picked up this crucial sack to pretty much put any realistic shot at a comeback to rest, and he added another QB hit earlier in the game. He did get called for a roughing the passer penalty, but that was a small blemish in another dominating game from the third-year player.

Romeo Okwara

Stats: 3 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 3 QB hits

Speaking of a pass rush, Romeo Okwara continues to surprise with his quiet efficiency. With Ezekiel Ansah out of the game early, the Lions were forced to rely upon Okwara for the majority of this game. He responded by leading the team in quarterback hits, and he added a sack of his own.

Poll

Who was the Lions’ Week 14 Player of the Game?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Jarrad Davis
    (107 votes)
  • 33%
    Zach Zenner
    (123 votes)
  • 30%
    Darius Slay
    (112 votes)
  • 5%
    A’Shawn Robinson
    (21 votes)
  • 1%
    Romeo Okwara
    (5 votes)
368 votes total Vote Now