Pro Football Focus certainly has their critics and their fans, but I personally like using them as a resource to complement my own observations. If PFF’s overall grades line up with what I thought, it’s a little more confirmation in the results from the game. If their grades look strange to me, it allows me to go back and look at the film and reconsider my position.
Either way, I do think PFF serves a valuable purpose, especially for those that don’t have the ability to rewatch a game. It’s impossible to catch the performance of all 11 players on the field during the broadcast, so PFF’s efforts to rewatch and grade each play offers some additional information—even if it can be a little subjective.
Anyway, each week the analytics site shares the top five performances of the Detroit Lions, we will share them with you and break the lists down right here.
Here are the top five performances on each side of the ball for the Los Angeles Chargers game.
Three out of the top five performers on offense came from the front five, with right guard Graham Glasgow leading the way from those three. His 88.5 grade is a reflection of how solid he was both in the running and passing game. According to PFF, Glasgow allowed just a single hurry against the Chargers, and his run blocking grade was an impressive 88.2
Frank Ragnow wasn’t far behind with a 79.7 overall grade, and he, too, only allowed a single hurry on the day with no hits or sacks. Both Ragnow’s and Glasgow’s performances were good enough to land on PFF’s Week 2 Team of the Week.
Kenny Golladay just missed out on those honors after an eight-catch, 117-yard performance in Week 2. His 89.4 grade was just barely behind Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin (90.9) and Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders (89.9).
It wasn’t nearly as good of news for the defense, with only one player eclipsing a 70 grade against the Chargers. Leading the way is A’Shawn Robinson, who was also the second highest graded defensive player on the team last week.
It’s good to see rookie safety Will Harris with a respectable grade, although the Lions’ third-round pick only played in 16 snaps—just barely above the PFF minimum threshold.
That being said, the Lions defensive line graded out better than one would expect after minimal pressure and a poor run defense performance. In addition to Robinson, Damon Harrison Sr. and Trey Flowers cracked the top five, although with just mediocre grades.