Sifting through the Detroit Lions’ Week 2 game for some good signs is no easy task. After the opening two drives of the game, the offense disappeared. As for the defense, I’ll let you know how they look as soon as they show up for the first time.
But I guess this is “optimism” day at Pride of Detroit. I’ve committed to finding five Players of the Game each week, and there has to be something good about Sunday’s game.
*watches game again*
Okay, let’s just do four candidates this week.
For the entire year, we will be keeping track of Game Ball winners. The player with the most votes earns three “Game Ball” points, second place gets two votes, third place gets one vote.
Here are the Game Ball standings after Week 1:
Adrian Peterson: 3
T.J. Hockenson: 2
Jack Fox: 1
Now onto this week’s candidates:
Stats: 86.0 PFF grade
It’s hard to quantify how good Frank Ragnow has been without being his PFF score, so... let’s do that.
Ragnow is now PFF’s second-best center in the league after putting up back-to-back 80+ performances to start the year. Against Green Bay, he was especially impressive, creating huge rushing lanes early in the game.
The Lions are rushing for 4.5 yards per carry this season, and Ragnow’s interior presence has a big part to do with it.
Stats: 5 punts, 271 yards (54.2 average), 2 inside 20-yard line, 0 touchbacks
Jack Fox is the NFL’s best punter right now. He’s third in punt yards average (52.0), but more importantly, he leads the league in net punting yards (51.3). That means he’s not only booting the hell out of the ball, but he’s putting enough air under it to allow his coverage units to get downfield in time to make a play on the returner.
He is PFF’s No. 1 punter by a fairly large margin.
If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, Jack Fox has been the team’s MVP, and I don’t even believe this is disputable. Okay, I’m making myself sad now.
Stats: 4 catches, 62 yards
Early in the game, it looked like Hockenson was going to take over and pick apart the Packers defense. In the first half alone, Hockenson had three catches for 58 yards. Unfortunately, the Lions went away from him after halftime, as he was only targeted once and turned it into four yards.
Still, Hockenson is ninth in receiving yards among tight ends thus far in 2020, and it appears he’ll continue to get a lot of looks every week.
Stats: 5 rushes, 12 yards; 5 catches, 60 yards
Swift hasn’t been much of an impact player as a rusher, but he’s now amassed 10 receiving targets in two games and turned them into eight catches and 75 yards.
On Sunday, he rebounded from Week 1’s disastrous finish to haul in all five catches thrown his way. Obviously, the Lions will be expecting more of him going forward, but this was a nice step in the right direction for the rookie.
Who gets the Lions’ Week 2 game ball?
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