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Detroit Lions Week 9 Game Ball: 5 players of the game vs. Raiders

A few players played well. Let’s talk about them.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions didn’t do nearly enough to get the win on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Their defense was porous, their offense too mistake prone, and the coaching staff certainly didn’t do the team any favors.

Still, there were a couple of Lions players that stood out on Sunday and should be given some recognition, because we like living on the sunny side every now and then. It helps soothe the pain a little.

Anyways, as always, I will provide five Game Ball candidates. Your vote decides on the winner. The top three vote-getters will receive Game Ball points (first place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point), and we’ll keep standings throughout the season.

Here are the Game Ball standings through eight weeks:

Matthew Stafford - 11
Marvin Jones Jr. - 6
Kenny Golladay - 6
Justin Coleman - 5
T.J. Hockenson - 3
Jamal Agnew - 2
Tyrell Crosby - 2
Matt Prater - 2
Devon Kennard - 1
Taylor Decker - 1
Kerryon Johnson - 1
Sam Martin - 1
Trey Flowers - 1

Here are this week’s candidates

Matthew Stafford

Stats: 26-of-41, 406 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

Though Stafford cooled off in the second half, he was electric for most of the game on Sunday. His downfield ball continues to be on point, and this was his statline well into the second quarter: 11-of-14 for 193 yards, 2 TDs and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

Despite being put in tough situations all day behind a bad (but better) running game and a leaky offensive line, Stafford continues to put up stellar play. It’s a shame he has to play literally perfect ball to get the win.

Kenny Golladay

Stats: 4 catches, 132 yards, 1 TD, 1 birthday

For the first time in his career, Kenny Golladay had back-to-back 100-yard games. While he only caught four passes on the day, he made the most of them, including this fantastic catch-and-run for a score:

Marvin Jones Jr.

Stats: 8 catches, 126 yards, 1 TD

Just watch:




J.D. McKissic

Stats: 4 rushes, 32 yards; 3 catches, 40 yards, 1 TD

McKissic may be the best running back the Lions have with Tra Carson and Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve. McKissic has been a nice receiving threat this year, but he was also very efficient on the ground this game.

Throw in McKissic’s first touchdown of his Lions career, and you’ve got a pretty nice day for a Lions running back—which is something I did not think I’d be saying after this game.

It should be noted that McKissic’s fumble (though credited to Stafford) proved costly early in the game.

Darius Slay

Stats: 3 tackles

The defense was awful on Sunday, but Darius Slay’s performance was solid, even if there is nothing on the box score to suggest it. Derek Carr completely avoided Slay all game, which is a testament to how well the Lions elite corner played on Sunday.

It wasn’t a flashy performance, but Slay did just about everything in his power to stop the Raiders offense, which is more than anyone else on that side of the ball can say.


Who gets the Week 9 game ball?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Matthew Stafford
    (275 votes)
  • 9%
    Kenny Golladay
    (51 votes)
  • 30%
    Marvin Jones Jr.
    (158 votes)
  • 2%
    J.D. McKissic
    (12 votes)
  • 3%
    Darius Slay
    (17 votes)
513 votes total Vote Now