Jeff Backus: C-
Jeff Backus did an average job of protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford in this game. Backus does not help in the run blocking game, but that is not a particular strength of his game. Overall, Backus was adequate versus the Vikings but he was responsible for allowing a few sacks on Stafford. He looked confused at times as to who to block, and the Lions paid for it.
Rob Sims: B
Rob Sims did a nice job of keeping Stafford clean in this game. Sims was really good in pass protection and he did an adequate job of giving the Lions running backs some room to operate. Sims is quietly a very good player and a stabilizing force playing next to Jeff Backus.
Dominic Raiola: C-
Much like the other offensive linemen, Raiola was fairly effective in pass protection but pretty poor in the running game. The Lions aren’t asking Raiola to open up holes for them, as his job is to make the calls for the offensive line. Raiola looked physically outmatched in this game as he couldn’t move anybody off of the ball.
Stephen Peterman: C
Stephen Peterman was good in this game, as he didn’t take any bad penalties. Peterman did not create any push in the running game and the Lions could not run the ball behind him against the Vikings.
Gosder Cherilus: C
Cherilus was not a problem from a penalty perspective in this game, and in a tight game that matters. He did a good job in pass protection but he lacked the ability to move the Vikings defensive linemen to give the running backs any room to run the ball.