Detroit Lions Week 1 PFF Grades and Rankings

Michael SuddsCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2017

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions rushes during the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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We’ve looked at Pro Football Focus' (PFF) stats for the Lions offensive and defensive players over the last couple of days. 

Today, I’ll present the PFF grades and the rankings for the offense, defense and special teams after Week 1.

Normally, I tend to ignore these rankings since they are so subjective.  But, I thought it might be fun to document these numbers, and track them throughout the season.

We will see how the 2010 cumulative grades looked by comparison as they will be included for reference.

We will be able to see from week to week how the Lions fare against the league, and I will indicate in what categories we see improvement, or those areas that need attention.

Needless to say, please draw your own conclusions.  We’ll discuss it.

Here are the offensive, defensive, and special teams categories as well as the Lions rankings:



Offensive Passing (Rank = 7)

The Lions had a grade of +8.1.  The Lions finished behind New England (+22.4), Green Bay, Carolina, Washington, Miami and New Orleans.

This seems to be in line with the amazing aerial displays of Week 1 around the NFL.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 18 / +17.1

Offensive Rushing (Rank = 30)

Here, the Lions posted a grade of -1.9.  Only the Jets and Denver fared worse.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 21 / +6.1


Pass Blocking (Rank = 6)

The Lions grade of +3.0 was bettered by the Chiefs (+5.5), Cowboys, Packers, Bills, and Bears.

This grade supports the passing grade nicely.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 14 / -9.8



Run Blocking (Rank = 3)

Whoa!  If the rushing offense graded out so poorly (30th), how could the run blocking (+8.2) be graded so high?

Only Houston (+15.4) and Green Bay graded out higher.

I’m not seeing a correlation here, and will have to keep an eye out for any trends as the season moves forward.  Where’s the disconnect?

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 21 / -44.2



Offensive Penalties (Rank = 29)

No real surprise here.  The Lions grade of -2.1 was better than only the Broncos, Raiders, and the Panthers (-4.1).

Let’s see if Lions head coach Jim Schwartz’ brow beating pays dividends in Week 2.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 22 / -4.4



Overall Offense (Rank = 4)

That’s a pretty lofty ranking, overall.  The Lions posted a grade of +15.3.  This was bettered by the Packers, Patriots, and Titans.  The Packers whopping +31.9 led the league.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 21 / -35.2



Run Defense (Rank = 17)

The middle of the pack is where the Lions wind up with a PFF grade of +2.7.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 23 / +7.9



Pass Rush (Rank = 28)

Not too surprising considering how well the Bucaneers held the Lions defense at bay in Week 1.

The Lions grade was -3.3.  A grade that needs to rise immediately.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 3 / +65.8



Pass Coverage (Rank = 6)

Now, this is a welcome relief from last year.  The Lions grade for pass coverage was +4.6.

The Lions graded behind the Browns (+6.7), Bills, Ravens, 49ers, and Bears.  Can you spot the posers?

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 27 / -30.2



Defensive Penalties (Rank = 12)

Again, not too bad.  Better than average so far.

The Lions Week 1 grade was +0.2.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 31 / -32.1



Overall Defense (Rank = 16)

The Lions played prevent defense for about 30 percent of the Bucs game and it shows in their ranking.

The Lions grade was +4.2.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 22 / +11.4



Special Teams (Rank = 26)

This grade seems correct and needs some drastic improvement ASAP.

The Lions Week 1 grade was -1.8.

2010 cumulative rank / grade = 10 / +20.3