The Detroit Lions lost to one of the worst teams in the NFL on Sunday, so it’s certainly hard to find silver linings this Monday morning. Detroit has now lost seven of their last eight games, and, understandably, everyone in the organization is waking up this week with a target on their back.
And while I’m sure many of you are craving columns this morning with the title “FIRE EVERYONE” or “The Lions need to do something, and they need to do something right now,” the truth is, we have a full month of the season left for that discussion. A midseason firing will do little other than to appease fans for three days until Detroit’s next game.
So, we’re going to try to peer into Sunday’s game and find some positive things about it. Because, truth be told, I saw a lot of progress in this team on Sunday. Sure, some of it is mitigated by the fact that Washington is a terrible team, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate some solid individual performances.
That all being said, I couldn’t come up with a full five candidates for the Lions’ Week 12 Game Ball. So you’re only getting four candidates to vote for. Before we get into it, here are the Game Ball standings through 11 weeks.
Matthew Stafford - 14
Marvin Jones Jr. - 9
Kenny Golladay - 7
Justin Coleman - 5
Trey Flowers - 4
T.J. Hockenson - 3
Sam Martin - 3
Matt Prater - 3
Jeff Driskel - 3
Bo Scarbrough - 2
Jamal Agnew - 2
Tyrell Crosby - 2
Devon Kennard - 1
Taylor Decker - 1
Kerryon Johnson - 1
Here are this week’s candidates:
Stats: 18 carries, 98 yards (1 fumble)
The big question facing Scarbrough was could he repeat his promising NFL debut from last week? Against Washington, he answered with a resounding yes. As the Lions’ primary back, Scarbrough nearly eclipsed the 100-yard mark on just 18 carries. His effectiveness was highlighted by the ineffectiveness of the Lions’ other two backs. Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic combined for just 14 yards on five carries.
Scarbrough’s fumble, though, was costly. Though he probably should have been ruled down by forward progress, the whistle hadn’t blown yet, so he’s ultimately culpable for the mistake.
Stats: 5 tackles, 1 INT, 2 passes defended
Though it wasn’t technically a start for Amani Oruwariye, he essentially played as a starter for the first time in his NFL career, and it was just about as promising of a start as you could expect. Not only did he nab an interception, but he also had a pass breakup that prevented a touchdown.
Additionally, he looked aggressive in run defense. On one play, he hit a Washington running back in the backfield, and while he didn’t make the tackle, he slowed him down enough for Jahlani Tavai to make the play behind the line of scrimmage.
Stats: 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits
In the previous two games, Davis has been playing like the defender the Lions have always wanted him to be. Against Washington, he continued that dominance, especially in the run game.
Davis seems to be much more disciplined with his gap integrity, and even his tackling looks much improved. He provided plenty of pressure on his patented delayed blitz and even finished the job this week with a sack.
He did get his ankles broken (not literally) on one play in the second half, but overall, this was another great game from Davis.
Stats: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Devon Kennard got the Lions defense off to a quick start with a strip sack of Dwayne Haskins. Admittedly, however, he was pretty quiet for the rest of the game.
Who gets the Week 12 Game Ball?
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