Detroit Lions players whose stock is trending down
In LA, the scouting report on Goff was that he was accurate and played well with a clean pocket but struggled mightily against pressure. Goff’s struggle against the rush reared its ugly head against the Ravens. The Ravens constantly blitzed in the first half, and Goff had no answer.
Through the first half, Goff only threw for 57 yards and a paltry 3.8 yards per attempt. In the second half, the Lions switched to a quick, short passing attack which was able to mask Goff’s deficiency against the blitz. Goff won’t always have a clean pocket, and if he wants to be the Lions quarterback of the future, he will need to play better without one.
Harris finds himself in the stock down category for a second straight week, and soon, there won’t be much farther it can fall. This game wasn’t even one of Harris’ worst, but he made two crucial mistakes.
On a third and nineteen, it looked like the Lions were in Cover 2, and Harris cheated a bit too far inside, leaving a Ravens’ receiver wide open in the end zone. Then, on the fourth and 19, there was some miscommunication causing Harris to let Watkins get behind him, leading to a big conversion with the game on the line.
Those plays weren’t necessarily all on Harris, but on the two biggest plays of the game, Harris looked like he was at least partially at fault. This loss will definitely sting for a while and adds to the never-ending list of heartbreaking losses.
However, to be in that spot against a great team, there has to be a lot of good on the field for a struggling team. The Lions will obviously need to improve on the bad, but this week was definitely something to build on for the rest of the year.