Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions first loss of the season against the Atlanta Falcons

1. Matt Prater is the best kicker in the NFL right now

Prater didn’t miss a field goal for the Lions this week and was making field goals from 50+ yards like it was nothing. Prater also set a record for most consecutive field goals made from 50+ yards and it is easy to say that he is the best kicker in the NFL right now. He hasn’t missed a field goal this year and has been a vital part of the Lions offense this year. Hopefully, he can keep this up and we can expect to see him in the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row.

2. The Lions defense really missed Jarrod Davis this week

It was obvious this week that the Lions missed Jarrod Davis, who was out with a concussion. The Falcons ran all over the Lions defense (151 total rushing yards) and ripped off runs right up the middle, where Davis would be. Along with that, on plays where the running back would receive a pass, the first defender would always miss the tackle, which would lead to more yards. With Davis on the field, most of these plays wouldn’t have happened and the Falcons wouldn’t have had that many rushing yards. This may be the only game that Davis misses with his concussion, so he will definitely be welcomed back on the field next week.

3. Penalties really hurt the Lions this week.

The Lions had nine penalties for a total of 98 yards, that will not win you ball games. Along with that, some of the penalties they committed were late in the game and really hurt the Lions momentum late in the game when they were driving down the field. They need to cut down on those mistakes next week and this will lead to them not being in the situation that they ended up in this week.

The Lions travel to Minnesota next week in a huge divisional game. If less penalties are committed and Jarrod Davis comes back healthy, we will see the team we saw when they won their first two games in the season and it will be a great game versus the Vikings.