Jeff Backus: C-
The Lions offensive line did not play well in Week 16, as Stafford was under pressure early and often in the game. Stafford did a great job of getting rid of the ball quickly, and the Falcons didn’t register a sack in Week 16.
The Lions could not handle the interior of the Falcons defense as the offensive line really struggled to open holes on the running game. Overall, this was not a very good performance from Backus and the rest of the offensive line.
Rob Sims: C
This was a tough test for the left side of the line with the physical defensive line of the Falcons. The Lions are fortunate to have a solidifying force like Sims next to Backus, but today he and the rest of the line didn’t move anyone off of the ball. Sims had a pretty average day against a tough defensive foe.
Dominic Raiola: C-
Like every game Raiola plays, he is physically outmatched 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: D
Stephen Peterman had a bad game in Week 16. He wasn’t able to create any movement in the running game, and he didn’t hold onto a block that would have led to a Stafford rushing touchdown. He was also flagged for a personal foul in the fourth quarter. The Lions tried to run the ball behind the right side of the line, but they weren’t able to do much in the running game.
Gosder Cherilus: C-
Cherilus had a pretty average game. He did get the false starts cleaned up, but the Lions got stuffed all night trying to run behind the right side of the line. Overall, the Lions offensive line had a pretty rough night.
Riley Reiff: B
Reiff came in and played in the jumbo package the Lions run, and he looks athletic and mobile. He made a nice trap block on the rushing touchdown by Leshoure.