Jeff Backus: B+
Jeff Backus had another very good game as he did a great job of protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford. He had his hands full with Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, as Allen seems to physically outmatch Backus each and every time they play. Overall, Backus held his own against the Vikings as they had only two sacks on Stafford, none of them belonging to Allen. 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 as he and Backus stabilized the left side of the line. The Lions are fortunate to have a solidifying force like Sims next to Backus.
Dominic Raiola: C+
Raiola is physically outmatched in every game as he struggles to move anybody off the ball. He is a gamer however, and he always gives everything that he has. While he doesn’t look pretty doing his job, he does manage to get it done.
Stephen Peterman: B
Stephen Peterman was respectable 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 average in pass protection going up against a pretty physical defensive front.
Gosder Cherilus: C
Cherilus was overmatched in this game and the right side of the offensive line was getting pushed in constantly in this game. Cherilus was average, but he did have a tough task today against the Vikings defensive line.
Riley Reiff: B-
Reiff came in to play in the jumbo package, and he performed well like he has every game he has played this year. Reiff is athletic and it is only a matter of time before he takes a job from one of the Lions starters.