Justin Rogers' Lions grades: Coaching staff rates big fail in loss

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell walks off the field after his team failed to score a touchdown in the 26-6 loss to Seattle.

Seattle — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions’ performance in Saturday's 26-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

Quarterback

Matthew Stafford was average, in every way, completing 18 of 32 passes for 205 yards and no touchdowns. He showed shaky accuracy early in the game, and had a near-interception on a bad throw in the fourth quarter. Admittedly, the stat line was hurt by four drops (one that was erased by a penalty). Grade: C-

Running backs

Zach Zenner showed some promise early, but became less effective as the game wore on. He did add 54 yards receiving. Grade: C-

Wide receivers

Golden Tate and Marvin Jones each dropped a pass and Anquan Boldin was flagged for two personal fouls. Jones compensated for his mistake with four catches for 81 yards, including a pretty 30-yard grab at the end of the first half that set up a field goal and got the Lions on the board. Tate and Boldin were ineffective, combining for five grabs for 49 yards. Grade: D

Tight ends

Eric Ebron caught two passes and let two others slip through his fingers. Going 2-for-4 is a good night in baseball, but doesn’t cut it on the football field. The third-year tight end made nice progress this season, but drops remain an issue, particularly down the stretch. Grade: F

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Offensive line

It probably could have been worse, given that two starters were sidelined and the Lions were leaning on their third-string right tackle, but it certainly wasn’t a good performance. Stafford was sacked three times and the run game did little after the first quarter. The group had no holding calls, but was flagged for two false starts, one which helped end a drive. Grade: D

Defensive line

Ziggy Ansah looked as good as he had all season as a pass rusher, recording two sacks and three additional hits on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But the front four had no answer for running back Thomas Rawls, who ran for 161 yards and a touchdown. Add an unnecessary roughness call against veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and it was a rough night for the line. Grade: D

Linebackers

Tahir Whitehead lead the Lions with 13 tackles, including a nice stuff on a run near the goal line. But none of the linebackers had a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup or came anywhere close to forcing a turnover. DeAndre Levy continues to be a shell of his former self, recording three tackles in the loss. Grade: D

Secondary

Glover Quin singlehandedly kept the Lions in the game, coming up with a tackle for a loss and pass breakup on back-to-back plays, forcing the Seahawks to settle for a field goal early in the fourth quarter. Other than that, not a great night for the defensive backs. Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin went for 100-plus yards and a touchdown, safety Tavon Wilson interfered with Paul Richardson and still gave up the touchdown, then added a roughing-the-passer penalty to his ledger in the fourth quarter. Grade: D

Special teams

Matt Prater capped a special season with two more field goals from beyond 50 yards, making from 51 and 53. Punter Sam Martin was solid, also rounding out a strong year. Andre Roberts didn’t get very great blocking on kickoff returns and was regularly stopped short of the 25-yard line. Grade: B

Coaches

The Lions emphasized stopping the run during the week leading up to this game only to give up nearly 200 yards on the ground. That’s embarrassing.

The offense also struggled to move the ball against the Seahawks. And despite making the right decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter, coordinator Jim Bob Cooter dialed up a terrible play which was shut down for a loss. Grade: F