The porous Detroit Lions defense we saw early this season reared its ugly head once again. They had no answer for the Carolina Panthers‘ rushing attack, which finished with 320 rushing yards on the day en route to a 37-23 win.
Offensive spotlight: D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard had everything they wanted on the ground against the Lions. Foreman finished with 165 yards on 21 carries with six broken tackles, while Hubbard racked up 126 yards on only 12 carries with three broken tackles. The Panthers' offense scored on seven of 10 possessions in their most impressive offensive performance of the season.
Defensive spotlight: These were the kind of performances the Panthers thought they’d be getting regularly when they drafted Derrick Brown in the top 10 back in 2020. He was the Panthers' highest-graded defender on the day, with two hits and two hurries on 34 pass-rushing snaps.
Rookie spotlight: The Lions' rookie defenders took it on the chin Sunday. Safety Kerby Joseph missed three tackles on the day, and Aidan Hutchinson was a non-factor against the run, with only one stop on the day. There’s still been more good than bad from both this season, but that was a learning experience.
Offensive line spotlight: What a bloodbath upfront created by the Panthers' offensive line. They provided their running backs a ridiculous 139 yards before contact on 43 rushing attempts on the day. That’s 3.2 yards before contact when the Lions knew darn well what was coming the entire second half.
|Jared Goff||29.7||25 / 42||355||8.5||3||0|
|Sam Darnold||21.9||15 / 22||250||11.4||1||0|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||14.6||1||0||0||0||0|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||14.6||13||7||76||5.8||0|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||8.3||3||3||53||17.7||0|
|Terrace Marshall Jr.||7.5||3||2||55||18.3||0|