Today, the Detroit Lions showed the world what they are made of. They came out swinging, absolutely demolishing the Washington Commanders in the first half. In the first half, alone, Aidan Hutchinson recorded three sacks, while D’Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown dismantled Washington’s defense.
Detroit let up a good chunk of points in the second half, but I don’t blame anyone for that. I’ll just give props to the Commanders’ coaching staff for completely regrouping and figuring out what to do on offense. However, they couldn’t figure out what to do on defense, as Detroit’s offense continued to dominate.
Winners and Losers of this game:
Stock up: Jeff Okudah
Once again in the “stock up” section is CB Jeff Okudah. Forced into the CB1 spot, Okudah played well against Terry McLaurin. In the end, McLaurin managed 4 receptions for 75 yards, but almost none of that was against Okudah.
Stock down: Mike Hughes
This was a disappointment performance from CB Mike Hughes, as he dropped a pick late and gave up some big plays, specifically the bomb to Terry McLaurin that ignited the Commanders’ offense.
Stock up: Aidan Hutchinson
Aidan Hutchinson absolutely dominated in Week 2. He had THREE first half sacks, and he was a force to be reckoned with all game.
Stock down: Will Harris
Although he intercepted Carson Wentz, Will Harris did not do enough to escape the stock down category. I was far from impressed with how he played, and it’s been made clear why Okudah is CB2.
Stock up: Isaiah Buggs
Looking back at the game, you don’t see much from Buggs, in terms of big plays. However, he was doing well every play, and I was very impressed.
Stock down: Logan Stenberg
Detroit’s starting RG was far from impressive today. The replacement for Vaitai struggled in the passing game, although did well enough in the run game.
Stock up: Penei Sewell + Dan Skipper
Sewell had another great game against Washington. I have nothing but praise for the RT, as he’s been phenomenal. Dan Skipper, the practice squad T playing at LG in place of Jonah Jackson played very well.
Stock up: Rest of defense
If I were to mention every defensive player who performed well today, I’d be writing for hours. The LB core played great, the S core played great, and almost every player on the DL was disruptive.
Stock down: DJ Chark
It’s unfortunate that I have to put him here, but a team’s X WR should not end games without a touch. He had 4 targets, and most were misfires by Jared Goff, so he’s barely in the stock down category.
Stock up: D’Andre Swift + Amon-Ra St. Brown
Both D’Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown are quickly becoming the cornerstones to this Detroit offense. D’Andre Swift had an awesome game while being limited due to his ankle injury, and St. Brown had a career game.