Suh faced double-teams almost all day, some of which involved a lot of illegal activity. He eventually made some impact plays after starting slowly, including a huge sack on Cincinnati's penultimate drive. Even though the stat sheet doesn't show it, Suh was quite active against the run too.
Here's a tweet of mine from the third quarter of the game
Nick Fairley did not record a tackle or get near Dalton even once. Either his shoulder injury is worse than is being let on, or he's just not trying very hard.
From the fire to the frying pan. After getting educated by Joe Thomas last week, Ziggy Ansah got more NFL lessons from Andrew Whitworth in this game. How ineffective was Ansah? He does not appear in the ESPN stat sheet for the game. The one time he made an impact was when he was clearly offsides and nailed Dalton for a strip sack.
He had a little more success than Ansah. I noted Willie Young crashing inside against the run and also setting the edge a couple of times. He did not accomplish much as a pass-rusher.
I know he played because I made a note that he entered the game on a second-quarter drive. That's the only thing I've got; he did not record a tackle, and honestly, I do not recall a single thing he did in the game.
The third tackle brought some juice to the Lions, blowing up one run with a quick penetration and getting a solid pressure on Dalton on another play.
Devin Taylor was the most effective pass-rusher of the ends, even though his best play was a tackle for loss on a run late in the second quarter. He was consistently aggressive but also aware, good traits to display for a rookie. His arrow is pointing up.
Like Taylor, Andre Fluellen played well in limited duty. On the play where Taylor recorded the tackle for loss, Fluellen's quick penetration forced the play right to him. He reacted well to a screen.