Lions to Watch
DE Ezekiel Ansah
Lion’s star pass rusher Ziggy Ansah has been dealing with a bum ankle since Week 2. He is on track to return to the field against the Rams.
Ezekiel is to the Lions what Robert Quinn is to the Rams. He is Detroit’s best edge rusher. His return can spell doom for the Rams’ tortuously poor left tackle Greg Robinson.
In Ansah’s absence emerged the former undrafted end Kerry Hyder. Hyder, a former Texas Tech Red Raider, leads the team with five sacks. Expect him to be involved in the DE rotation, despite Ziggy’s return.
WR Marvin Jones
Marvin Jones came to Detroit in the 2016 offseason after four years with the Cincinnati Bengals. Five weeks into the season, the move has been great for Jones.
Marvin leads the league in receiving yards with 519.
Given the Rams injury woes at the top of the cornerback depth chart, keeping Jones from blowing the top off will be a tough job for the Rams secondary. Same can be said about former Seahawk Golden Tate. Hell even the ageless and perpetually slow Anquan Boldin has consistently given the Rams issues.
S Glover Quin
Glover is the Lion’s ballhawking safety in a defense that has not created many turnovers this season. He is tied with corner Darius Slay Jr. with one pick thus far.
The eighth-year defensive back has 11 interceptions in the last two seasons. He wants Rams quarterback Case Keenum to throw the ball, given that Case already has two multi-turnover games this season.
QB Matt Stafford
Matthew Stafford is as lethal as a passer. The eighth-year vet has cozied up rather well with his new target Marvin Jones.
Stafford is tied for fifth in the league in touchdowns (10) and ninth in passing yards with 1,378.
Matt, however, has been prone to mistakes, as any gunslinger is. The rams need to fluster and pressure Stafford to disturb his timing.
G Laken Tomlinson
The Rams defensive line is not at full strength – a good sign for injured guards Larry Warford and Laken Tomlinson. The downside is, well, both interior linemen are dealing with injuries of their own.
Warford – a fourth-year player – looks like he will not be able to go on Sunday. His hip injury kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday.
Laken will be the one then asked to attempt to derail the Aaron Donald train – not a simple task whatsoever. The Lions are hoping Tomlinson’s neck injury has healed up enough. Regardless, expect center Travis Swinson. Look for Detroit to double and triple team Donald if the rest of the D-line is not healthy.