1. Darius Slay is making his case for the league’s best cornerback
After this week, Darius Slay now leads the NFL in interceptions with seven. Along with that, he has had three in the past two games. Slay has always had to guard the best receiver against every opponent and he has been able to hold his own. He is really making a point to not only make it to the Pro Bowl this year, but he wants to be known as one of the top cornerback’s in the league. This year he may put the whole league on notice as he is living up to the “Big Play” nickname.
2. Quandre Diggs seems to like playing safety
When Tavon Wilson got injured and it was found out that he would be out for the season, it was unknown who would take his place. Miles Kilbrew showed signs that he could handle the spot, but then the Lions decided to move Quandre Diggs from cornerback to safety. This move has seemed to pay off because Diggs not only had an interception against the Bears, but he also had a sack! Diggs also has an interception in the past two games and it looks like this is a position he can get used to.
3. The Defense was finally able to adjust to stopping the run
The past few weeks, opponents have been able to run all over the Lions. When it was known that Jordan Howard was the next to face off against this defense, statistics have shown that he was going to be in line for a good game. But, the Lions defense was able to hold Howard to only 37 yards rushing, and 43 total rushing yards. Due to this, this played a huge factor in the Lions winning. This is a positive sign for the Lions because from the past few weeks, it looked like every team was going to be able to run all over them.
Overall, this win still keeps the Lions playoff hopes alive and shows that they are still playing strong against the division. This win puts them at 4-1 against the division and they still have a home game against the Packers. With the chances of winning the division gone after the Vikings victory over the Bengals, the Lions now have to focus on trying to get a Wild Card spot for the playoffs. They do need help, but to finish the season 10-6, their chances of making the playoffs would still be there.