Justin Rogers' Lions grades: D-line, coaches disappoint

Monday, 04 December 2017, 05:06:17 PM. Justin Rogers grades the Lions' performance in Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions' performance in Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback

For the majority of the afternoon, Matthew Stafford was on fire, completing a franchise-record 20 consecutive passes, while showing good touch on his long ball. He connected deep with Marvin Jones twice, and Kenny Golladay on a third out of play-action.

But Stafford made three costly blunders. First, he dropped a shotgun snap that knocked the Lions out of field goal range. Then, he failed to identify a blitz, which led to him getting smoked and losing a fumble. Finally, when rolling away from pressure in the fourth quarter, he sailed a pass that was intercepted. Both turnovers both resulted in Baltimore touchdowns. Grade: B

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Running backs

Tion Green was a breath of fresh air, rumbling for 33 yards on his first NFL carry and leading the team with 51 yards on 11 attempts. Both he and starter Theo Riddick scored touchdowns, plus Riddick added another 41 yards as a receiver, including a 27-yarder where he made multiple defenders miss. The cherry on top was Nick Bellore playing fullback. He caught his first career pass on a 1-yard touchdown. Grade: B+

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones paced the Lions with 90 yards, including a pair of 40-plus gains that sparked two touchdown drives, while rookie Kenny Golladay continues to be good for a big play per game, turning in a 31-yard gain on a post pattern. Golden Tate delivered a standard performance for him, catching a team-high eight passes for 69 yards, but he did drop one that was a touch behind him early in the game. Grade: B

Tight ends

Seven targets, seven catches, 71 yards. The tight ends were flawless in the pass game, coming up with multiple third-down catches to extend drives. Darren Fells also had an important seal block on Riddick’s touchdown run. Grade: A

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Offensive line

The Ravens sacked Stafford three times, and got another three hits (one which drew a flag and another an unblocked blitzer), but overall, the line held up decently against a talented front. The backs also had a decent day, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, with two touchdowns. The failure to convert a third-and-1 on the ground, which led to a punt, continues to be a problem. Grade: C-

Lions Rick Wagner and quarterback Matthew Stafford Lions Rick Wagner and quarterback Matthew Stafford are crushed immediately by the Ravens' defense, with Stafford losing the ball and Baltimore recovering in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford along the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford along the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsThe Cardinal Shehan Catholic School Choir of Baltimore The Cardinal Shehan Catholic School Choir of Baltimore belts out a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the Lions, Ravens game in Baltimore.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsSee the ball, be the ball as Ravens tight end Maxx See the ball, be the ball as Ravens tight end Maxx Williams eyes a reception in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens tight end Nick Boyle hurdles Lions defenders Ravens tight end Nick Boyle hurdles Lions defenders Quandre Diggs and Nevin Lawson who brings him down after a reception in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions running back Theo Riddick picks up a long first Lions running back Theo Riddick picks up a long first down early in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions running back Theo Riddick spins out of the Ravens Lions running back Theo Riddick spins out of the Ravens defense of Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson picking up a long first down early in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions head coach Jim Caldwell is pleased as running Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is pleased as running back Theo Riddick picks up a long first down early in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Marvin Jones Jr. can't get past Ravens defender Lions' Marvin Jones Jr. can't get past Ravens defender Brandon Carr as the ball sails past downfield in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford loses the ball but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford loses the ball but is able to recover for a loss in yardage in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens' Mike Wallace readies for a long reception over Ravens' Mike Wallace readies for a long reception over Lions' D.J. Hayden with Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell coaching along the sidelines in the background in the first quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford is sacked by Ravens' Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is sacked by Ravens' Matthew Judon after he gets by Lions' Brian Mihalik in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on December 3, 2017.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Matthew Stafford is sacked by Ravens' Terrell Lions' Matthew Stafford is sacked by Ravens' Terrell Suggs, with Lions' Brian Mihalik looking on, in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive Lions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive linemen after being sacked by Ravens' Terrell Suggs in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive Lions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive linemen after being sacked by Ravens' Terrell Suggs in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive Lions' Matthew Stafford is helped by his offensive linemen after being sacked by Ravens' Terrell Suggs in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Rick Wagner is taken off the field in a cart Lions' Rick Wagner is taken off the field in a cart after he and quarterback Matthew Stafford were crushed, with Stafford losing the ball in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens' Michael Campanaro loses the ball when he's Ravens' Michael Campanaro loses the ball when he's hit by Lions' Don Carey but Baltimore is able to recover in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens' Chris Moore makes a reception in front of Lions' Ravens' Chris Moore makes a reception in front of Lions' Quandre Diggs in the second quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Ezekiel Ansah brings down Ravens running back Lions' Ezekiel Ansah brings down Ravens running back Alex Collins in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens tight ends continue to take chunks out of the Ravens tight ends continue to take chunks out of the Lions defense with Benjamin Watson making a reception with Lions' Quandre Diggs defending in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions newly acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney goes Lions newly acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney goes against Ravens' James Hurst in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Ezekiel Ansah remains on the ground after play Lions' Ezekiel Ansah remains on the ground after play is over but eventually walks off the field to the sidelines in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Marvin Jones Jr. is hit by Ravens' Michael Pierce Lions' Marvin Jones Jr. is hit by Ravens' Michael Pierce after a reception in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions wide receiver Golden Tate gives Ravens' Lardarius Lions wide receiver Golden Tate gives Ravens' Lardarius Webb a piggy back ride, spinning for extra yardage after a reception in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions punter, holder Sam Martin, right, taps kicker Lions punter, holder Sam Martin, right, taps kicker Matt Prater on the helmet after Prater's extra-point attempt goes wide in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions rookie running back Tion Green regains his balance Lions rookie running back Tion Green regains his balance and is able to dive into the end zone for his first career touchdown in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions rookie running back Tion Green dives into the Lions rookie running back Tion Green dives into the end zone, with Ravens' Maurice Canady defending, for his first career touchdown in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens'Jeremy Maclin pulls in a reception with Lions' Ravens'Jeremy Maclin pulls in a reception with Lions' Quandre Diggs defending in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions rookie running back Tion Green dives into the Lions rookie running back Tion Green dives into the end zone, with Ravens' Maurice Canady and Patrick Onwuasor defending, for his first career touchdown in the third quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Anthony Zettel hits Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Lions' Anthony Zettel hits Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, forcing the ball out but it is ruled an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions offensive coordinator Jim Cooter along the sidelines. Lions offensive coordinator Jim Cooter along the sidelines.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Marvin Jones Jr. pulls down a long reception Lions' Marvin Jones Jr. pulls down a long reception in front of Ravens' Marlon Humphrey in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Michael Roberts makes a reception against his Lions' Michael Roberts makes a reception against his helmet and takes within the 5-yard line with Ravens' Marlon Humphrey defending in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Michael Roberts stretches out over the goal Lions' Michael Roberts stretches out over the goal line after a reception but is down, short of the goal line in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsThe Lions special teams players can only watch as a The Lions special teams players can only watch as a field goal attempt goes up, over and through the uprights for three late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' Nick Bellore fakes slamming the ball to the Lions' Nick Bellore fakes slamming the ball to the ground and walks off to the sidelines after backing into the end zone untouched for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. tries to bring Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. tries to bring down quarterback Matthew Stafford overthrown pass but it goes over his head and into the waiting hands of Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey for an interception late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRavens' Marlon Humphrey is flipped by Lions' Theo Riddick Ravens' Marlon Humphrey is flipped by Lions' Theo Riddick after intercepting a Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford pass in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford heading to the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford along the sidelines Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford along the sidelines after getting slammed to the ground, throwing an interception and injuring his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions quarterback Matthew Stafford heads off the field Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford heads off the field after injuring his throwing hand and did not return, late in the fourth quarter.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions head coach Jim Caldwell and Ravens head coach Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh meet on the field after the Baltimore victory.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions' injured defensemen Haloti Ngata and Ravens' Lions' injured defensemen Haloti Ngata and Ravens' Terrell Suggs meet on the field after the Baltimore victory.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions wide receiver Kenny Golladay pulls in a reception Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay pulls in a reception during warm-ups before Detroit takes on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on December 3, 2018.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsThe NFL has pretty strict rules on players' footwear, The NFL has pretty strict rules on players' footwear, but for one week only, the league is relaxing those regulations to promote charitable causes. Detroit Lions shoe choices, clockwise from top left, with wide receiver Golden Tate, running back Zach Zenner, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker Steve Longa.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, left, and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, left, and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talk on the sidelines before warmups.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsThe NFL has pretty strict rules on players' footwear, The NFL has pretty strict rules on players' footwear, but for one week only, the league is relaxing those regulations to promote charitable causes. Detroit Lions shoe choices, clockwise from top left, with quarterback Matthew Stafford, cornerback Quandre Diggs, wide receiver TJ Jones and quarterback Jake Rudock.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsLions wide receiver Kenny Golladay pulls in a reception Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay pulls in a reception during warm-ups.  Daniel Mears, Detroit NewsRetired former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky Retired former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky chats with quarterback Matthew Stafford on the field early Sunday morning.  Daniel Mears, Detroit News

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