For the first time since 2011, the Detroit Lions are undefeated through two weeks. After a heart-pounding week one, Matthew Stafford calmed things down and facilitated a commanding win over the New York Giants.
Here are the grades for each part of the team in Detroit’s 27-10 win.
The stat sheet for this game would lead one to believe this was a long, low-scoring affair. On the contrary, it is just a testament to how dominant the Lions’ offense was. Stafford finished with his second-lowest passing yards in a game, but he balled out in the first half, completing 12 of 17 passes and tossing two touchdowns.
Stafford’s performance put Detroit in the driver’s seat, making it an easy play-calling night for offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. The ball was only thrown five more times in the entire second half. The Lions actually ran the ball, not just in terms of quantity but in quality. Ameer Abdullah was eons away from a superstar night, but he rushed for a career-high 89 yards, which fairly prompts some optimism. This unit was easily the best of the night, hats off. They earn an A+.
Not since the Ndamukong Suh led 2014 Detroit Lions have I seen a defense as active and effective as last nights. Detroit advantageously went to town on Eli Manning and the Giants’ weak offensive line, recording five sacks and an interception while limiting Ben McAdoo to a measly 10 points. First-round pick Jarrad Davis was playing with the ease of a veteran but unfortunately left the third quarter with a possible concussion. He had six tackles and a pick, additionally looking incredibly comfortable being at the helm of the defense.
You can’t ask for much from a defense, and the Lions dished out quite the beating. The run defense once again remained stout, holding the Giants to 62 total rushing yards. The defensive backs played the wide receivers tight, the linebackers made stops at the line of scrimmage and they stopped New York on 67% of their third-down plays. They earn an A.
Special Teams A
What can I say? A punt returned for a touchdown pretty much guarantees an “A” grade for special teams, how could it not? Rookie Jamal Agnew ran one back for 88 yards, juking several defenders along the way. It was an exciting play and was certainly the cherry on top of the night.
Never to be forgotten, Matt Prater was once again legendary in his Monday Night performance. Not only did he absolutely nail a 56-yarder, he went three for three on extra points. His incredible poise has helped the Lions in countless games and he continued the trend. Punt coverage was good on the few punts the Lions had, so overall no complaints. They earn an A.
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