The Detroit Lions lost a heartbreaker to the heavily favored Baltimore Ravens. The Lions had the Ravens on the ropes with less than a minute left, and it took a 4th and 19 conversion, a missed delay of game, and an NFL record 66-yard field goal off the crossbar.
This was another tough loss in the many, many, many tough Lions’ losses in the past decade. On the bright side, the Detroit Lions were depleted in the secondary and receiver room and should have beaten a team with a superstar quarterback and Super Bowl aspirations.
Here are which players put the Lions in a position to win the game and who may have helped let it slip away in their week three loss to the Ravens.
Detroit Lions players whose stock is trending up
In the first half, the Lions’ offense was lifeless, failing to move the ball or score any points. In the second half, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn adjusted and utilized both Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift on the field at the same time.
This move paid off huge dividends as the offense ran through both players in the second half. With Williams in the backfield and Swift in a slot/hybrid spot, the Lions were able to get Swift the ball in space on short passes where he was able to make plays with the ball in his hands.
Swift made the most of these opportunities catching all 7 of his targets for 60 yards to pair with his 47 rushing yards and a touchdown. Swift proved that outside of T.J. Hockenson, he is the Lions’ biggest playmaker and that in the future, the Lions’ offense should run through the both of them.