Stealing the show is nothing new for Detroit Lions star cornerback Darius Slay. After all, he’s called “Big Play” Slay for a reason. But part of what made Sunday’s performance unique was his complete 180—from outmatched to back on top.
Pro Football Focus gave Slay the lowest coverage grade of his career at 27.7 in the first three quarters against the Los Angeles Chargers. He was beat time and time again by star receiver Keenan Allen—Philip Rivers’ No. 1 target who he threw to 15 times on Sunday.
"Big Play" Darius Slay certainly lived up to his nickname with a game-sealing INT in Week 2— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) September 16, 2019
91.5 Coverage Grade (3rd-highest in career)
1/3 11 Yards 1 INT 5.6 Passer Rating Allowed
27.7 Coverage Grade (Lowest of career)
5/8 70 Yards 90.6 PR Allowed pic.twitter.com/JJsG6xskhU
Slay then completely turned things around in the fourth to earn the third-highest coverage grade of his career at 91.5. A big part of that, of course, was this pivotal interception with about a minute left in the game:
Darius Slay rated his all-time favorite INTs after the game.— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) September 15, 2019
1 -- Minnesota 2016
2 -- Today
3 -- Philly 2016
The Lions went on to win, 13-10. Slay said this was his second favorite of his 18 career interceptions in 91 games.
As for the rest of your notes:
- A column from the Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom with his thoughts on the win that could perhaps save the season.
- “What the Lions have done so far and where they head next, it’s all about the defensive line”—Dave Birkett breaks down the Lions’ defensive line.
- If you’ve already seen the locker room celly after Sunday’s win, watch it again. And again, and again, and again.
- It’s more about how the Chargers under-performed than how the Lions performed, but NFL.com’s Andie Hagemann goes over some takeaways in “What we learned from Sunday’s Week 2 games.”
- MLive’s Ben Raven takes a look at the Lions’ upcoming opponent, the Eagles, who are dealing with some costly injuries.
- Beautiful piece from Emma Keith on how dedicated Lions fan “Yooperman” was celebrated Sunday by friends and family.