Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Jeff Backus: B+
Jeff Backus had another very good game as he did a great job of protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford. He does not help in the run-blocking game, but that is not a particular strength of his. Overall, Backus was great versus the Jaguars as they had only one sack on Stafford. Backus has been great in 2012.
Rob Sims: B+
Rob Sims did a nice job of keeping Stafford clean in this one. Sims was really effective in pass protection and he did an adequate job of giving the Lions running backs some room to operate. The Lions do a good job of running the ball behind Sims. He is quietly a stabilizing force playing next to Jeff Backus.
Dominic Raiola: C+
Raiola looks physically outmatched in every game as he struggles to move anybody off the ball. Much like the other offensive linemen, Raiola was fairly effective in pass protection. Raiola’s job is to make the calls for the offensive line, and he did a good job there today.
Stephen Peterman: B
Stephen Peterman was good in this game. He helped to create a little push in the running game and the Lions did try to run the ball behind him. He was good in pass protection as well.
Gosder Cherilus: C+
Cherilus was a not a problem from a negative play perspective in Week 8, but he did get called for a holding penalty. He has made poor choices by taking personal foul penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct in the past, but he did none of that today. He performed well in pass protection against the Jaguars.
Riley Reiff: B-
Reiff came in to play in the jumbo package, and he performed well. The results speak for themselves, as the Lions red zone woes went away for a week as they pounded the ball down the Jaguars throat and into the end zone.