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Kareem Jackson: A
With Johnathan Joseph inactive, Kareem Jackson became the top cornerback on the Texans’ depth chart. For whatever reason, though, Wade Phillips did not have him cover Calvin Johnson in the first half. When Alan Ball proved that he was incapable of keeping up with the elite wide receiver, Jackson was able to play very well against him in the second half.
Alan Ball: C
In the first half, Alan Ball was tasked with following Calvin Johnson around the field. It did not go very well. Johnson absolutely brutalized Ball, and the majority of Johnson’s receiving yards came against him. Ball, however, did much better in the second half against lesser receivers.
Brice McCain: C
Brice McCain simply did not perform well in this game. He let up several key first downs, and he did not play like he is normally expected to. McCain has been inconsistent so far this season, and this game was certainly was of his poorer ones.
Danieal Manning: A
Aside from leading the Texans in tackles, Danieal Manning was able to make a game-changing play in this one. The Lions were driving down the field and had just completed a first down pass. Manning, however, managed to strip away the ball from the receiver, and Darryl Sharpton recovered it. That play was a major reason why the Lions did not manage to come away with a victory in this game.
Glover Quin: C
While Glover Quin was solid against the run, Matt Stafford took advantage of him in the passing game. Quin struggled to keep with Brandon Pettigrew, his assignment for the majority of the game, who finished with 74 receiving yards.