Detroit Lions: Week 3 Positional Grades

The Lions second loss came in heartbreak fashion to the Vikings, letting the Vikings come back down 24-14 and ultimately losing 24-28. It is evident things need to be changed in Detroit or it could be another long season.

Quarterback – C+
Another okay game from an okay quarterback. Jared Goff played fine going 25/41 with 277 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He made the throws he needed to make, especially in the first three quarters. The lions were up by 10 going into the fourth then the offense stalled. They could not move the ball and Goff was certainly not helping the cause. His interception though was not his fault as it was a desperation heave at the end of the game. He is just the definition of an okay quarterback and I can not tell you how happy I will be when he is replaced.

Running Backs – B-
D’Andre Swift was going to be limited going into this game, we knew that. Swift carried the ball only seven times for 31 yards. With Swift limited, Jamaal Williams was the workhorse back. Jamaal had himself a fine day going 20/87 adding two touchdowns. Jamaal looked very good today, playing his usual role as a bruiser back who’s guaranteed to fight for every yard. Helped the Lions drastically on some key fourth down plays. Just all around solid game for him which is why I give him a B-

Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends B+
Today was definitely a more balanced game among the receiving crew. Eight different players caught passes for the Lions today, leading receiver Josh Reynolds with six receptions and ninety-six yards. Amon-Ra St. Brown had himself a day despite injuring his ankle early in the game, the young receiver went 6/73 even with the injury. Josh Reynolds really impressed today, he was making the most of his opportunities and has molded himself extremely well into that third receiver role. TJ hockenson finally made some noise catching the only touchdown pass from Jared Goff, although he had the touchdown he still only had 3 catches for 18 yards, once again not showing that he is worthy of that extension looming. Not the flashiest game from the receivers but just super solid so they get a B+

Offensive Line – B+ 
Still missing their starting guards Vaitai and Jackson, the Lions offensive line did not let up a sack. The pass blocking was phenomenal, Jared Goff was given a lot of time on almost all of his throws, the Vikings defensive line was not awful either. Really great to see from a line that still is not healthy. The run blocking was good, maybe not as good as past weeks but that is hard to top. Offensive line performed well missing key players so I feel they deserve a B+

Front seven – C
The front seven played fine this week, they made Kirk Cousins uncomfortable on some throws. Only one sack from the defense, that coming from Alex Anzalone who played very well considering his standards. Malcolm Rodriguez was everywhere again busting through running lanes trying to stop dalvin cook. The defensive line was missing Aidan Hutchinson who played minimal snaps, a key part of that line. Dalvin Cook picked the line and linebackers apart like he normally does to the Lions, going 17/96 and a touchdown before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. Front seven played fine but it was not enough to seal a win so they get a C this week

Secondary – C+
If you take out Amani Oruwariyes penalties and Mike Hughes mental lapse on the final touchdown then this might as well be an A, but it is not. Amani’s play is unforgivable, drawing about 7 flags and unable to keep his hands off of thielen. Really frustrating to watch, something needs to be done about that, you just simply can not have that many costly mistakes in one game. To make matters worse Mike Hughes blew an assignment on KJ Osborn which led to the game winning touchdown, just another frustrating moment from this secondary. Jeff Okudah. Jeff Okudah is forming into the corner we drafted him to be, he put the clamps on a top 3 receiver in the league, basically just eliminating him from the game. He was just phenomenal another great week from the young corner, he simply looks hungry out there and it’s a beauty to watch. If I was grading just Okudah this would be an A but Amani and Hughes bring it down largely

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