Everything feels good immediately after the victory. Unfortunately for the Detroit Lions, two victories still do not allay doubts in some sectors of the football economy. There is still no bull market. But now is not the time for fear. This comes later.
The breakdown was the engine of pressure for the Lions on Sunday, repeatedly reaching Matt Ryan and causing chaos. The breakdown hit Ryan three times and scored two sacks, including a racing sack restored by Trey Flowers, who was preparing for the late goal on the field to give Detroit the lead.
Okvara impressed in several games at the beginning of the season and shows that he can continue to produce when asked to submit a rush. This is a dimension that Lions have not enjoyed for several years. In a game like this, where the enemy̵
If Okvara was the hero in the lion race, the Hand proved to be his strength in stopping the game “Falcons”. Together with Danny Shelton, interior design solutions do not allow Todd Garley to generate any meaningful violation (more on the meaningful violation that the Lions resolved, correctly, later). While Shelton played more clicks than this hand, both were excellent, and Hand nodded at the stock because we believe he should probably play more clicks ahead.
Stafford’s performance in the first five games of the season was a cause for concern. This was not the case against the Falcons. While some elements of horror remained, Stafford seemed balanced and confident in his critical aspirations, and the sacks he took in this game were not the result of any pocket-deficit.
This is probably the strongest stock change we can offer. Will Stafford stay on the high-altitude track? We have yet to understand this, but it will depend on him staying healthy and continuing to read strong defenses, plus if he is given a place to perform this violation as he sees fit; rather than some decadent performance of his own volition.
For now, we return to Stafford, who is the undisputed golden boy of the Lions’ offense.
Johnson’s pass blocking scores were phenomenal for this game. If nothing else, Johnson’s role in this back should become more defined over the weeks, not less, and his use will hopefully increase.
I may be leaning my hand over the rest of this article, but at this point, there’s no reason Johnson can’t see the field anymore, especially given the fights on the other back.
The football game is impossible to reduce to a set of numbers, data points and scores. There are just too many moving parts, layers of strategy, tactics, scheme and deception, which makes the analogues of other sports seem simple at best. All we can do is accept elements we agree with, develop duplicates, opinions, observations; hence you are simply trying to convince any bad sod to listen to you that you have got the situation.
All of this is a prologue to this: what follows is not a rational, sensible discussion of Jalen Reeves-Maybin’s ability as a footballer. This is not a statistical assessment of his game on the field.
Now that such things are out of the way – Proof A:
Please pay attention to number 44.
Open legs. Shoulders straight. Hand forward, head up. Finger definite.
What you are witnessing is leadership of the highest order. This is the right, flawless method of applying a pose to ask the official to call you correctly: that Todd Garley in his infinite wisdom has fallen into the extreme zone, thus giving Detroit a chance to respond in a minute and change clock.
I can’t think of a better reason to include Reeves-Maybin in this review.
Stock: Darrell Bevel
There is only one common feature of the crime problems in this game and it all happens on a schematic level. At one point, she climbs up. Someone decided to leave Adrian Peterson there. Someone is making this ridiculous call. Someone loses falls with abnormal, inefficient routes.
Did you notice in the late game, when Stafford took control of the offense, how all these problems disappeared into the background, like the white noise of a radio with a dying battery?
This does not bode well. There is no reason for the violation to feel as if it is delayed by its call or threatened by decision-making, which will result in three or more and less than a minute of the clock.
Stock: Blocking for everyone but for Johnson
I wish I could pin this on a certain player, but in this case it’s a whole cavalcade of suspects. Too many times no one has blocked anyone. Defenders came down from the edge and through holes and around the woods and caught Stafford, Peterson and other complete strangers. The Falcons blew up Stafford twice with little resistance, and TJ / Hockenson allowed Mykal Walker to stop the fourth downhill transformation.
Stock: Adrian Peterson
There’s just no reason for Adrian Peterson to keep running. Factors are accumulating, which shows that it is time to sell these insufficiently effective shares intensively.
Johnson has proven invaluable in blocking running, while Swift is a universal commodity. When Peterson goes out on the field, it is a clear signal that the Lions intend to try to cram the ball in the middle. With an average of 2.6 yards to wear, it’s time to think that such a role could be played by Johnson or perhaps the returning Bo Scarbro.
There are quite a few problems in the secondary exposition. It’s not to put everyone on Oruwariye, but taking grades and tape, it’s hard to get out without thinking that it might be particularly dim lighting for him.
Trufant’s lack of pressure put on staff to figure out who should be there, and Oruwariye played 70 clicks. But the number of cases where Falcons receivers have simply sat fully open is worrying. This needs focused fixation before facing Philip Rivers and TY Hilton.