The pain is almost over. We are in Week 17, but in a Week 17 as painful as can be for Lions fans. The Lions travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in a game that is being played for nothing more than pride. The Lions are in shambles, and after putting cornerback DeShawn Shead on reserve-injured this week and ruling No. 2 corner Nevin Lawson out for Sunday’s game, they’re signing anyone with cleats at this point. If the Lions don’t want to look like the defense that got exposed on primetime against the New York Jets in Week 1, they’ll need to up their game.
Bold prediction of the week: Teez Tabor holds Aaron Rodgers to <100 passer rating when targeted Sunday
This wouldn’t exactly be bold for anyone else, as Matthew Stafford, who has cemented himself as QB 10-12 in this league, has a career high passer rating of 99.3. Aaron Rodgers playing with a newly inspired Packers team has potential to do much more damage, however.
It’s important to also remember that this is Teez Tabor we’re talking about; he’s a corner whose best recorded 40-yard dash was above a 4.6, and he’s likely being thrust into the role of No. 2 cornerback on Sunday. Nobody who runs a 4.6, no matter the position, should be in any NFL team’s top two cornerbacks.
The Teez Tabor experiment hasn’t panned out at all. He’s been repeatedly scorched in coverage in the few times he has seen game action this season, and the rest of the time he has played his way into being a healthy scratch. Matt Patricia will have no choice but to give him playing time Sunday given the state of the depth chart.
It’s worth noting that this could be a make or break game for Tabor—that is, if he hasn’t hit the ‘break’ point already. Tabor has been a thorough letdown for any drafted corner, let alone a second-round pick. There has been a lot of talk of the Lions moving on from the failed experiment after only two years this offseason and, barring a large uptick in performance level, Sunday could seal the deal.
I usually spend the meat of this weekly piece detailing why the bold prediction is likely to play out, but I’ve really got nothing. Teez Tabor is hanging on to this team by a thread, and if the pressure isn’t enough to ratchet up his play Sunday to a level that inspires optimism, then this very well could be Tabor’s last game in a Lions uniform.