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Post-Game Report Card: Lions bully Commanders 36 – 27

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Offense: Grade C -

The Commanders offense in the first half was absolutely abysmal. Their was no emphasis or commitment to the run game which was odd as the Lions gave up over 200 yards rushing to the Eagles the week prior. Scott Turner elected to run more slower developing pass plays which played right into the Lion’s hand who brought heavy pressure that affected Wentz on just about every play. The second half offense put forth a much better effort. Turner opted for more quick hitting pass plays to get the ball out of his hands. That allowed the offense to get going and score some points. The run game was still nonexistent and when they did run the ball it was for minimal to no yards. The offense cannot afford to start slow as they are going to be the heartbeat of this team moving forward.


Defense: Grade F

The defense is who we thought they were. They were bad, really bad. The defense gave up 36 points to Detroit. Jack Del Rio’s soft zone pass defense allowed Jared Goff to throw for 4 TD’s and no interceptions. The run defense gave up 191 rushing yards. Del Rio’s plan for Detroit was simply not good enough. We knew heading into the game that the Lion’s biggest play makers were RB De’Andre Swift & WR Amon’Ra St. Brown. Del Rio showed no evidence of a plan to either slow or stop Swift and St. Brown. Overall both players and coaches performed terribly today.


Special Teams: Grade C +

PR/KR Dax Milne had several uninspiring returns today. Including a kick return that he fielded in the endzone then proceeded bring it out and get tackled at the 15 yard line. K Joey Slye didn’t get to attempt any field goals today. He did miss an extra point and make one. Kick coverage units did give up a 52-yard and 33-yard returns which just can’t happen. Very average day from the special teams unit.


Coaching: Grade F

The entire coaching staff had an awful day. From a preparation standpoint the players were not ready to match the physicality of the Lions and it showed early with how fast the Lions smothered the Commanders on both sides of the ball. The coaching staff did not have an adequate gameplan, scheme wise coming into the game as the Lions had their way with us for most of the day. The coaches showed very little urgency to adapt to what the Lions were doing or made little effort to changetheir in game tactics. Going for the two-point conversion late in the game was certainly a head scratcher move but it was on par with all the other poor decision making.

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