Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Full Lions Report Card

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Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Full Lions Report Card
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The Detroit Lions lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24, when Mike Nugent drilled a 54-yard field goal as time expired. 

The Bengals were the more consistent, more complete and better-coached team on this day. Detroit made some big plays offensively, but the defensive playmakers were ineffective. 

There was a lot to like from Detroit in this game, but also several players who are not going to have a comfortable time in the film room after this tough loss.  

The grading scale here is subjectively based on my expectations for player performance. As an example, if Ndamukong Suh gets three tackles and one quarterback pressure, that will grade lower than C.J. Mosley doing the same things.

Impact plays like turnovers, touchdowns or other big plays rate highly. Penalties, blown assignments and giveaways really hurt the grade for a player.

Here are my grades for the Lions. 

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