Which Lions Feasted And Who’s Play Was Missing In Their Week 4 Matchup Against The Vikings.
Lions Who Feasted
Anthony Zettel is building upon his solid start to the season with a two-sack performance against the Vikings, totaling four on the season for the second-year pro. The second of his two sacks came in clutch timing, during the Vikings second-to-last offensive series. Zettel’s sack pushed the Vikings back, putting the defense in a great position to close out the game. He also registered four quarterback hits today and a fumble recovered.
Glover Quin came up clutch again with a forced fumble to close out the Vikings final drive with less than two minutes remaining and no Viking timeouts. Glover looked solid again in coverage today minus a missed assignment in the 3rd quarter. After the injuries to the linebackers began piling up, the even began bringing Quin down in the box to help against the run with his sure tackling. Quin also had four tackles to add to his performance today.
Pants are off. #OnePride Glover Quin strips Adam Thielen to seal the win.
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) October 1, 2017
Ameer Abdullah ran some really tough yardage today. The Vikings front seven is very good against the run. The offensive line struggled at times to create space, but Abdullah was consistently patient, which allowed him to find and exploit holes in the Vikings defense. This helped Abdullah get the most out of every play, earning himself 94 yards and a rushing score on twenty carries.
Lions In Famine
Greg Robinson really struggled against Viking defensive end Everson Griffen in one-on-one matchups today. He was getting beat inside a couple time against the run by him, which is something Griffen called out Robinson on earlier this week. Fortunately, the Lions coaching staff recognized this issue and had tight ends Darren Fells and Michael Roberts help out Robinson, which helped mitigate the defensive end’s impact in the second half.
Theo Riddick did not look good when he was asked to step in for Ameer Abdullah. He was indecisive and had a hard time making anyone miss. Zenner came in following Riddick’s first four carries, which gained only four yards.
Eric Ebron is not trending in the right direction for the Lions. Following a disappointing game last week, the Lions opted to feature Darren Fells more today at tight end and less Ebron. The strategy worked with Fells leading the Lions in receptions (4) with three of them coming for first downs. Meanwhile Ebron had two catches on four targets, for 26 yards.