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Week 13 Game Recap: Detroit Lions 20, Baltimore Ravens 44


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Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions offense struggled in the running game and short passing game for much of the game against Baltimore's defense. Rookie Tion Green was a highlight in the running game with a rushing touchdown and a 33-yard run on the perimeter. Theo Riddick was the starter in place of Ameer Abdullah, but was held in check in the running game outside of his four-yard touchdown. The short passing game struggled as Baltimore tackled Golden Tate and Marvin Jones well on screens and short passes. Stafford found success in deep passing game to Marvin Jones and Michael Roberts before exiting he game with a hand injury.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense put together their best performance of the season against the Lions. Joe Flacco looked more comfortable and confident making throws downfield than he has all season. The Ravens offense put up 20 first half points and 17 second half points. Most of Flacco’s big plays and yardage came in the first half with Alex Collins carrying the load in the second half. Collins played one of his best games of the season and will continue function as the Ravens primary running back. Collins consistently gained chunks of 5-10 yards and kept the chains moving. Mike Wallace had his best game of the season contributing a 66 yard catch and other key conversions. Ben Watson exploited the Lions coverage off of play action and had a nice game. Look for Danny Woodhead to be more involved in games the Ravens are forced to go pass heavy.

Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 29 - 292 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 2 - 0
Matthew Stafford was under pressure most of the day, but managed to turn in a decent fantasy effort with the benefit of some big yardage plays. Stafford turned the ball over twice, once on a strip sack fumble, and the other an interception. Stafford's interception was a throw on the run to his left where he never set his feet. The ball came out of his hand wobbling and high, and was amongst the worst throws he made this year. Stafford nearly lost a second fumble on a snap that he was fortunate to recover. Stafford spent most of the day under pressure, and Baltimore did a good job of tackling Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in the screen game. Stafford was more successful throwing down the field, including 42 and 46-yard passes to Marvin Jones, a 31-yard pass to Kenny Golladay on a dig route, and a high point seam stretching pass to rookie TE Michael Roberts for 23 yards. Stafford continued to show a good rapport with Jones and will take deep shots to him when he is in one on one coverage on the outside. Stafford clearly trusts Jones on deep throws, and Jones has frequently rewarded Stafford for the trust. Stafford's touchdown pass was a goal line package with back up LB Nick Bellore in at FB in a heavy package where Stafford hit Bellore in the flat for an easy touchdown. The package is notable because Detroit does not use a traditional fullback and the running game has stalled in the red zone much of the season. The Lions have turned to Stafford in the red zone in recent weeks which strengthens his touchdown upside. Stafford left the game in the second half with a hand injury he suffered on his interception after taking a hit, and was replaced by Jake Rudock.

QB Jake Rudock, 9 offensive snaps, Pass: 3 - 5 - 24 - 0 TD / 1 INT
Jake Rudock replaced Matthew Stafford when he was injured. Rudock threw a bad pick-6 where he was hit on the play, but the ball was not near a Detroit receiver. The remainder of Rudock's throws were dump off throws in garbage time.

RB Theo Riddick, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 21 - 1, Rec: 5 - 41 - 0 (5 targets)
Theo Riddick started in the absence of Ameer Abdullah. Riddick found little room to run in the game, as the Baltimore defense overwhelmed Detroit's run blocking. Riddick saw a red zone carry, which he bounced outside for a four-yard touchdown. Riddick can make men miss, and runs shiftier than Ameer Abdullah, but is a better runner after the catch than he is a ball carrier. He is a better perimeter player, and too frequently kicks runs to the outside instead of planting and getting north and south. Riddick was used in the passing game where he caught all five of his targets, including a 27-yard catch where he made multiple people miss on the run.

RB Tion Green, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 51 - 1
Undrafted rookie Tion Green made his season debut in the absence of Ameer Abdullah. On his first carry of the season, Green got to the edge for a 33-yard run. Green was later used in the red zone where he scored on a toss sweep. Green was the third back into the game, after Riddick and Zenner, but led the Lions in carries and rushing despite entering the game in the second quarter. Green ran with good burst and ran hard on his opportunities, where he was able to get to the edge of Baltimore's defense.

RB Zach Zenner, 4 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0
Zach Zenner was the second back in the game, but only managed one carry for 4 yards. He was not involved in any high leverage situations.

WR Golden Tate, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 69 - 0 (10 targets)
Golden Tate struggled to get going early in the game with a drop on the first drive that resulted in a punt. Tate then had several short catches with little after the catch. Baltimore's defense swarmed Tate in the screen game, and he found little room to create after the catch. Tate's biggest success was on an intermediate route where he had a catch and run for 24 yards that set up a Detroit touchdown. Despite leading the Lions with 10 targets, Tate was largely held in check by Baltimore who performed very well tackling Tate.

WR Marvin Jones, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 90 - 0 (8 targets)
Marvin Jones continued to be Detroit's best big play threat with two catches of 42 and 46 yards. Jones was held in check in the short passing game, but was able to capitalize on his down field targets. Jones has a strong rapport with Stafford in the deep perimeter passing game, which is well suited to both player's strengths. Jones adjusted well to Stafford's deep throws, and is a consistent deep threat Detroit uses to exploit defenses.

WR Kenny Golladay, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 44 - 0 (3 targets)
Kenny Golladay continued to see high leverage targets on his limited targets. He had the opportunity for a big play along the sidelines that went off his fingertips. The throw was high, and Golladay was well defended on the throw, but the ball was catchable. Golladay's best play of the game was a crossing route where he ran after the catch for a 31-yard gain. Golladay's usage has been primarily on the deep perimeter and crossing routes in his rookie season.

TE Eric Ebron, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (4 targets)
Eric Ebron was used early in the game on a check down for a first down. His usage was predominantly in short and check down usage, including a solid sliding catch. Ebron is relegated to an ancillary role in the offense, but he is playing better and with more confidence than he was for large stretches earlier in the season.

TE Darren Fells, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
Darren Fells was limited to only two catches, both in the short passing game. Fells had no usage in the red zone that has buoyed his fantasy production in recent weeks.

TE Michael Roberts, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 23 - 0 (1 targets)
Rookie Michael Roberts flashed a nice high point catch for 27-yards down the seam to set up a touchdown. Roberts has been minimally used in the offense this season, but has receiving and blocking ability in a traditionally size tight end frame.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 36 - 269 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Joe Flacco and the Ravens passing game played their best game of the season. The Ravens first three possessions netted only 3 points in large part due to 2 dropped passes on third down. Jeremy Maclin and Chris Moore were each responsible for a drive killing drop. Flacco’s best throw of the game was a bomb to Mike Wallace that hit Wallace in stride 50 yards downfield. The long pass play set up a touchdown to Ben Watson off of play action. Flacco and the Ravens capitalized on great field position with another touchdown drive. Flacco threw a very nice back shoulder pass to Wallace down the sideline for 23 yards. Flacco capped the drive with a 3 yard touchdown to fullback Patrick Ricard. Flacco set up a field goal before halftime with 17 yard completions to Maclin and Wallace. The Ravens offense became much more conservative in the second half, relying on the run game and the short to intermediate pass game to score points. Flacco completed a 23 yard pass to set up an Alex Collins touchdown. Collins consistently churned out yardage and moved the chains. The Ravens defense contributed 2 second half turnovers including a pick six.

RB Alex Collins, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 75 - 2, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (2 targets)
Alex Collins made a nice cut behind Ryan Jensen and found 8 yards up the middle. Collins found 8 more yards up the middle with a physical run. Collins caught a check down from Flacco and split two defenders for a 10 yard gain. Collins came off the field with an apparent arm injury late in the second quarter but quickly returned and looked healthy. Collins showed off his quick feet making several cuts behind Ronnie Stanley for 11 yards. Collins gained the edge and got a nice block from Jeremy Maclin on his way to a 7 yard touchdown. Collins caught a pass in the flat off of play action and was forced out of bounds after a 14 yard gain. Collins followed Patrick Ricard and Stanley to the edge for a 6 yard touchdown.

RB Danny Woodhead, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Danny Woodhead made his first catch coming out of halftime for 6 yards. Woodhead made a nice 8 yard catch on the sideline as Flacco escaped the pocket. Woodhead took a backseat to Alex Collins who played a great game and allowed the Ravens to control the second half. Expect Woodhead to have larger role in the offense when the Ravens are forced to play from behind.

WR Mike Wallace, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 116 - 0 (8 targets)
Mike Wallace played his best games of the season. Wallace made his first catch on a check down in the flat for a 4 yard gain. Wallace picked up 6 yards running a curl. Mike Wallace ran a go route from the slot and beat Glover Quinn in single coverage for a 66 yard gain. Wallace made an impressive back shoulder catch with Darius Slay in coverage for a 23 yard gain. Wallace beat his man with a smooth release and picked up 17 yards running a slant. Wallace did not see many looks in the second half as the Ravens offense became conservative after establishing a lead.

WR Jeremy Maclin, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (8 targets)
Jeremy Maclin dropped what would have been a 10 yard gain and 3rd down conversion on his first target. Maclin ran a shallow crossing route and picked up 10 yards to convert a 3rd and 6. Maclin ran a deep in route and secured a 17 yard catch despite absorbing a hit. Maclin dropped a slant and took a big hit over the middle. Maclin ran another slant and picked up 12 yards over the middle. Maclin drew a holding penalty on an end zone target with Darius Slay in coverage.

TE Ben Watson, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 1 (5 targets)
Ben Watson came wide open off of play action running a shallow cross for an 18 yard gain. Watson again got open off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown. Watson made a physical play to pick up 5 yards on 3rd and 4 against tight coverage. Ben Watson dropped what would have been at least a 15 yard gain.