Buccaneers preseason Week 3: Player of the Game Despite another poor start in the preseason Youth Christian Jones Jersey , the Detroit Lions had a few good individual performances against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After all, the Lions did mount at 21-point comeback victory. While many of the players that led that comeback are either backups or players that won’t be on the team in a couple weeks, they still deserve some love.But before we get into this week’s candidate for Game Ball, here are the standings after last week’s game (3 points for first place in voting, 2 for second place, 1 for third place.) Note: There was no Game Ball handed out in Week 1 of the preseasonPreseason Game Ball standings:Darius Slay - 3Theo Riddick - 2LeGarrette Blount - 1LeGarrette BlountBlount makes his second consecutive appearance on this list after displaying exactly why the Lions picked him up in free agency. Blount led all running backs with 11 carries for 45 yards on Friday night, but it was his situational running that really pushed him over the top. Blount’s best carry of the game came on fourth-and-1. He was hit in the backfield and looked like he was headed for a loss on the play, but his brute strength allowed him to push forward for a clutch conversion.Ricky Jean FrancoisIf there has been one defensive lineman who has been continually disruptive throughout both training camp and the preseason, it has been free agent pickup Ricky Jean Francois.Francois continues to show his comfort level in Matt Patricia’s defense www.detroitlionsteamonline.com , and on Friday it led to six tackles and a pressure or two on the quarterback. Brandon PowellLast week, Powell came fourth in voting. This week, I get the feeling he’ll be a tad higher:Powell’s punt return touchdown was instrumental in the Lions’ comeback victory, but his night was not just limited to special teams contributions. Powell led the team in both receptions (six) and yards (45), catching every single target that came his way. It’s still hard to sell me on a fifth wide receiver on the 53-man roster, but if the Lions choose to go that route, Powell has to be a leading candidate right now.Hakeem VallesWhile the other tight ends continue to struggle to make an impact, Hakeem Valles is just rolling along looking like a player that could not only make the roster, but could contribute right away.Getting a fair amount of time with the starters Detroit Lions T-Shirt , Vallen caught three passes for 38 yards, including a huge third-down conversion when the Lions were backed up in their own side of the field. Those are the kind of plays that will endear you to a quarterback.Matt CasselFor as much as fans have panicked about the Lions’ backup quarterback situation, both put out strong efforts on Friday night. Though both quarterbacks still have yet to show the talent to go deep down field, Cassel had nice command of the offense against the Bucs.The Lions hadn’t scored a touchdown by the time Matthew Stafford left the game, but Cassel took over for two drives, and ended both with a touchdown. Granted, he was aided by some very solid rushing plays, but he even looked okay when he had to throw it.Wednesday open thread: What will the Lions’ record be at the bye? After the Detroit Lions dropped their second game of the season, many started turning their attention to the 2019 draft. Surely the Lions Detroit Lions Hats , a team that had shown so little to be excited about, would be picking in the top five, so let’s start getting excited about Nick Bosa! But one week in the NFL can alter the terrain. One win can change the narrative completely, especially this early in the season. With a huge win over the Patriots on Sunday night, combined with poor showings from the Packers and Vikings, suddenly the Lions’ 2018 season has new life. The huge 0-2 hole they were in last week is suddenly just a single game behind first place and half game behind everyone else in the division. Of course, the team certainly still has plenty of flaws and they’re far from perfect, but what NFL team hasn’t shown weakness at this point in the season?The Lions sit at 1-2, and they’re just two weeks away from their early Week 6 bye. So today’s Question of the Day is:What will the Lions’ record be at the bye week? My answer: Before I get into it Detroit Lions Hoodie , remember that the Lions’ two games before the bye are at Cowboys (1-2) this week and home against the Packers (1-1-1) next week. Those two games are certainly winnable for the Lions, as neither have shown to be particularly strong or consistent at this point. The Cowboys are having serious offensive problems despite the fact that Ezekiel Elliott looks as dangerous as ever. The Packers still have problems defensively, and while Aaron Rodgers is still lethal, his knee injury has limited his mobility, taking away one of the things that makes him special.But at this point, the Lions are just too hard to predict. I’d love to sit here and tell you the team we saw on Sunday is the team we’ll see for the rest of the year, but a sample size of one game isn’t enough for me to buy in. I don’t know which game they’ll win and which they’ll lose, but I think they split the next two weeks and enter the bye at 2-3. Your turn.
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