The 27-24 loss to the Bengals is a tough one for the Lions. Just as it seemed they were putting together a great season they drop a totally winnable game against the Bengals at home.
However this time you can’t attach the Same ol’ Lions moniker to the results of the game. It wasn’t bone head penalties leading to the loss as it has been in weeks past. It was poor performance on the field. And as poor performances went a few players stood out.
Chris Houston – The Lions were counting on Chris Houston to be a solid starter for them this season. But 7 games in, Houston has been a major disappointment. Bengals receiver AJ Green ate him up throughout the first half. From the opening of the game, QB Andy Dalton targeted receivers on Houston’s side and had success. The most notable example is when Houston got burned on a double move that lead to a 82 yard touchdown. His play was so bad that he was benched in the second half in favor of rookie Darius Slay only to return after another Rashean Mathis injury in the fourth.
Sam Martin - The Lions 5th round pick has had an excellent season going until Sunday. Martin’s performance was uncharacteristically inconsistent. A prime example of this came late in the fourth quarter after the Lions went 3-and-out deep in their own territory. The Lions needed Martin to boom his typical 60 yard punt to shift the field position. Instead Martin shanked a 28 yarder, setting up the Bengals with great field position. A couple of plays later, Mike Nugent was kicking the game winning field goal.
Nick Fairley - Was non exsistent in Sunday’s game. On a day when the Lions need to pressure Andy Dalton it was a bad time to disappear.
Ziggy Ansah - Since returning an interception for a touchdown in Week 1. Ansah’s impact has been minimal. Ansah was a first round pick so much more is expected of him. The Lions could have used his help on Sunday against pass heavy Bengals offensive attack.