Packers vs Lions: Game Grades

Robert Porcher and Luther Elliss are the two Pro Bowlers on the defense, yet little production comes from these two. Linebacker Chris Claiborne seems to get better in the middle of every game, but there are still another 10 guys on the field that need to give the same performance.

OFFENSE:
Well, at least the offense put some points up on the board. However, this was by no means a good game from the offense. The Lions best player on offense is running back James Stewart, so the Lions need to get him the ball more often, especially with two of the top three wideouts out of action. Rookie quarterback Joey Harrington showed glimpses of what is to come, but 4 interceptions is simply unacceptable. Obviously, if tight end Mikhael Ricks caught that pass in the end zone before the final interception, this grade would probably be higher.

GRADE: C-

DEFENSE:
Once again, the Lions secondary was picked apart. However, it is also obvious that the secondary is getting absolutely no help from the front four. Robert Porcher and Luther Elliss are the two Pro Bowlers on the defense, yet little production comes from these two. Chris Claiborne seems to get better in the middle every game, but there are still another 10 guys on the field that need to give the same performance. However, they did create a couple of turnovers, which is a definite plus.

GRADE: D

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The punt return reverse was an excellent play call, it gave the Lions their first lead of the season and also got the fans into the game early. Overall, the Special Teams play was good, except for one little mistake. The offsides penalty on the onside kick hurt Detroit big time, and while the Lions still had a chance at the end, recovering the onside kick could have been another big momentum swing in favor of the team.

GRADE: B-

COACHING:
Well, Marty Mornhinweg saved his job, for this week anyway. A win would have been preferred, but at least the Lions were competitive. The punt return reverse was by far the best call of the year, helping the Lions to their first lead of the season. The play calling was average, with Harrington's inconsistency one would have thought the Lions would have utilized James Stewart more. While the performance was definitely better, the Lions still came up on the losing side of a very winnable game. That's the type of thing that goes on the coaches.

GRADE: C-


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