Detroit Lions studs and duds Jared Goff, Jeff Okudah
Unfortunately Dan Campbell and his company couldn’t profit from the opportunity. The Carolina Panthers ran roughshod on the Lions‘ defense, on the way to a win of 37-23 on Christmas Eve. The loss saw the Lions fall to 7-8 and remain on the podium. outside Two games remain in the playoffs.
Here are the studs, duds, and costumes from the performance.
STUD: QB Jared Goff
Despite the defensive struggles, Goff and his offense created many opportunities. Despite the Lions’ inability to run, the signal-caller kept their offensive unit moving to the tune 355 yards passing.
Goff threw three red-zone touchdowns to Shane Zylstra and the offense got into the red zone six times. Three of those trips ended in defeat, with a fumble, a loss on downs, and a late field goal.
The quarterback was not perfect. The fumble was partly on him because of a bad snap from the center. Frank Ragnow. After a big hit, Josh Reynolds dropped the pass in the endzone for the turnover on downs.
Goff is now unaffected by interceptions for seven consecutive games. Goff was last intercepted in Week 9’s win over Green Bay.
DUD: CB Jeff Okudah
Okudah wasn’t having the best day as a tackler. He made several mistakes in the open field, including when Carolina’s first snap was taken. D’Onta Foreman ran for 15 yards.
Okudah was defeated on third-and-13 in the opening drive of half-time. Sam Darnold completed the 47-yard pass to D.J. Moore. Carolina scored one play later, extending its lead at 31-7.
Mike Hughes took over as corner manager after the corner spent the second half of the match on the bench. For a Player It was frustrating for someone who has been a good person for most of the year.
STUD: WR DJChark
Chark only caught four passes, but he had many big gains. His first catch was impressive. He caught a pass that was too close to the line for a 39-yard gain.
The 26-year old finished with 108 receiving yardage, while his third catch was 51 yards. He was held Out The end zone, but Saturday This marked the third consecutive time that the wideout has rushed for more than 90 yards receiving in four games.
His counterpart isAmon-Ra St. BrownWith a seven-catch, 75-yard performance, he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season.
DUD: CB Jerry Jacobs
Jacobs was also struggling against the run on Saturday. He missed a tackle in Foreman’s backfield during a play that became a 38-yard run.
The second-year defensive back was flagged for defensive holding on a second and goal incompletion at Detroit’s 9 yard line. Carolina scored on the next play.
Similar to OkudahJacobs has been a positive member of Detroit’s defense throughout the majority of the year. He couldn’t complete the task Saturday as the Panthers They were unstoppable most of the afternoon.
STUD: TE Shane Zylstra
Zylstra He scored three touchdowns against the Panthers in a career day. His career total of touchdowns was tripled by the three TDs. Before this game, he had only one touchdown in his entire career.
All three of his catches were made on short throws. He completed the Lions’ first offensive sequence with a three yard catch. Then, he added a seven yarder on fourth-and-2 in quarter 3.
He finished his 26-yard, five-catch performance with a one yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter.
DUD: DT Isaiah Buggs
The heat was not generated by Buggs or the Detroit defensive line. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold The team ran for 320 yards during the win, and was not sacked.
Although Buggs finished with six tackles, he did not log a stop-for-loss. Buggs also received an unsportsmanlike conduct sanction, a penalty for undisciplined play. This has led to some losses for the Lions in defense.
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