Freelance journalism, sports writer Dave Birkett Collapses Detroit Lions losing 47-7 to the Tampa Bay PiratesThe players who helped their stocks and damaged their stocks are seen on Saturday at Ford Stadium:
QB Tom Brady: At 43 years old, Brady has just put on perhaps the four greatest quarters of football in NFL history. In the second half of last week’s late win over the Atlanta Falcons, A.The second in the first half of Saturday’s game, Brady completed 43 of 56 passes (76.8%) for 668 yards and six touchdowns. He had his way around with the Lions’ shortened defense on Saturday, and in his first year in a new system, he had Bucs looking like a legitimate Super Bowl competitor.
KR / PR Jamal Agnew: Agnew came close to breaking back distances in both of the past two weeks, and on Saturday he finally made it to the paydirt, taking a 74-yard kick for the Lions’ only score, early in the third quarter. Agnew got good blocks in the play from jammer players Justin Coleman and Mike Ford, and he also made nice cover gambling interventions. He deserves to stay in 2021 as a private team.
QB Chase Daniel: The Lions signed Daniel into a three-year, $ 13 million contract to avoid situations like this – they seem completely incompetent in the attack when Matthew Stafford can’t go. Daniel completed 13 of the 18 assists on Saturday, but at only 86 yards he failed to move the attack to any purpose. He has a $ 1.5 million payroll guarantee for 2021, but the next system will have to think long and hard about bringing in a new backup.
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S Doron Harmon: Harmon has been preparing this list for the second week in a row. Whether he’s been trying so hard to explain the Lions’ defensive shortcomings or he’s no longer the player who was in New England is up for debate, but Harmon hasn’t played great football in recent weeks. On Saturday, he was hit with a 47-yard pass in the second series of the game and took a bad angle on the bubble screen that lasted another 29 yards.
CB Daryl Roberts: The Lions gave up 491 yards on passing, so it’s only fitting that two defensive backs are on the “bottom” list. Roberts slipped on a 33-yard pass in the game’s first series, appeared lost on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to Mike Evans and struggled so badly early that Lions put him on the bench in favor of calling coaching band Tramaine Brock. Roberts could be a serviceable fourth-back, but when asked to take on a bigger role, he struggled.
Degrees from Saturday:Secondary becomes worse than F.
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NFL COVID-19 Protocols: I don’t think it would have made a big difference, but the NFL did not give the Lions any credit by having them play Saturday’s match with five coaches in quarantine. The league has been steadfast in not moving matches for competitive reasons this season, and if they make exceptions to this rule, there is no doubt that it will cause problems. However, the Lions’ meager chances of achieving a surprise evaporated on Saturday when they lost interim head coach Daryl Bevel, defense coordinator Corey Ondlin and three senior defense assistants for the week. It would be one thing if all five had been dealing with COVID and going out in the long run, but the fact that they could have been allowed to train had the NFL pushed the match up to Sunday seems like an easy enough step to take.
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