Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the Detroit Lions’ 28-25 loss to the Buffalo Bills and looks at players and coaches who helped and hurt their stock Thursday at Ford Field.
OLB James Houston: A sixth-round pick out of Jackson State, Houston was a standout in his NFL debut Thursday. The rookie recovered a fumble on special teams and had two sacks on defense as a designated pass rusher, including one at the end of the first half to force a Bills field goal. The Lions elevated Houston from the practice squad for Thursday’s game, but might have to promote him to the 53-man roster to keep him around.
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Lions linebacker James Houston, right, celebrates his sack of Bills quarterback Josh Allen with defensive lineman John Cominsky during the second half of the Lions’ 28-25 loss on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at Ford Field.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown: St. Brown had another huge receiving day for the Lions, catching nine passes for 122 yards and a score. More than his production, though, it’s his production in big spots that the Lions can’t do without. Brown converted a third-and-8 and third-and-9 in the first quarter, and ran for a first down on a fourth-and-1 jet sweep late in the game. He’s the Lions’ most valuable player 11 games into the season.
CB Mike Hughes: Hughes didn’t have eye-popping numbers Thursday with five tackles and one pass defensed, and he gave Stefon Diggs too much cushion on his fourth quarter touchdown. But on a day the Lions were without their top cornerback, Hughes led a strong effort by the secondary against a dangerous Buffalo passing game. After struggling some in the slot earlier this season, he’s found a home back on the outside.
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Publish date : 2022-11-25 11:05:38
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