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Old 11-23-2012   #1
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Default PFF ReFo: Texans @ Lions, Week 12

The sad thing about this game is that more will be spoken about a horribly blown call, a terrible rule change that makes little sense, and a kick to the groin, then what a fantastically exciting matchup Thanksgiving produced.

For a long time it seemed like the Lions, inspired by Ndamukong Suh, were going to batter the Texans into submission. Only they didn’t, and with a couple of assists from the replacement refs Houston were able to finally get back into it, take it to overtime and pull off a win that arguably means more to Detroit than it does themselves.

Let’s break down some of the more noteworthy performances.

Houston – Three Performances of Note

Brilliant Brown

It’s rare that the athleticism and talent of a lineman stands out the way Duane Brown’s (+8.7) did this week. I can’t personally recall a tackle ever grading that highly, and in large part it was due to his brilliant work in the run game. Sure, he gave up only one hurry on 51 pass blocking snaps, which is fantastic in and of itself, but the way Brown played was stunning for its’ dominance.

Take his block on Sammie Lee Hill with 7:57 to go in overtime. He got across the face of the defensive tackle, which in itself is impressive, and finished the block off by sending Lee Hill to the ground. That wasn’t the only time he put a defender on his backside (Q2, 13:27), nor was it the only time he wiped out a defender. He was at it all game, and it’s performances like this that make Brown our top-rated left tackle.

Watt about Smith?

You know the drill. The Texans’ defense was on the field so J.J. Watt (+8.9) had another one of his big games. Two more batted passes (he now has 12), and he added nine QB disruptions (including three sacks) rushing the passer.

It’s almost too easy (and too obvious) to tell you just how good Watt was yesterday. So instead, let’s shift a bit of praise the way of Antonio Smith (+6.1). The often overlooked Texan is one of the best in the league at getting up field, and he made life extremely hard for Rob Sims. His seven hurries were big, but unlike what we’re using to seeing from Smith, he made a couple of plays in the run game as well. He beat Dominic Raiola for a tackle for a loss with 7:42 to go in the first quarter, stood up Sims at the line with 7:55 to go in the third and went to work on the outside shoulder of Stephen Peterman for a tackle for a short gain with 13:37 to go in the first.

A fine day all round.

My Name’s Matt, and I Hate Pressure

This owes a lot to the power of the Lions’ defensive line, but despite blitzing on only three of Matt Schaubs’ (-3.2) 50 drop-backs, they generated pressure on 20 of them. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a situation Schaub is either used to or comfortable with.

With most of the pressure coming up the middle, the Texan QB seemed rattled. Twice he appeared to throw the game away, only for Kyle Vanden Bosch to prove unable to catch an intended screen pass right at him, and then for the Lions to prove unable to capitalize on a Chris Houston interception on a forced throw.

All day long Schaub had problems with his accuracy, and while he completed 60.4% of passes, that number dropped to 50% when pressured, and for just 2.8 yards per attempt. Teams will have noticed that when you get the Texans passing more, they don’t seem to strangle the life out of you anywhere near as much.

Detroit – Three Performances of Note

An Enigmatic Talent

Did he kick a guy in the family jewels? Only he knows what his intention was, but the three-hit and seven-hurry day of Suh (+8.1) sure did make it seem like he had a problem with the Texan QB. Those are big pressure numbers, even coming off 45 rushes of the passer, but it was the speed at which the pressure came that was telling. Schaub averaged a time to throw of 2.54 seconds, with 32 of his drop-backs seeing him attempt a pass (or get sacked) in less than 2.5 seconds, so he was hardly holding on to the ball.

No, this was a case of Suh just being too powerful for starter Ben Jones and rotational right guard Antoine Caldwell. Look at the hit he picked up on Caldwell with 2:54 to go in the first half, and the hurry he got on Schaub with 4:32 to go in overtime. This may very well have been his best performance as a Lion.
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Old 11-23-2012   #2
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Watt about Smith?

Antonio Smith (+6.1). The often overlooked Texan is one of the best in the league at getting up field, and he made life extremely hard for Rob Sims. His seven hurries were big, but unlike what weíre using to seeing from Smith, he made a couple of plays in the run game as well. He beat Dominic Raiola for a tackle for a loss with 7:42 to go in the first quarter, stood up Sims at the line with 7:55 to go in the third and went to work on the outside shoulder of Stephen Peterman for a tackle for a short gain with 13:37 to go in the first.

A fine day all round.
I'm going to apologize for my comments about Smith this game. He did his thing.

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Teams will have noticed that when you get the Texans passing more, they donít seem to strangle the life out of you anywhere near as much.
This. I don't think we got away from the run game, we were pretty balanced. & I know "run" is equivalent to "conservative" around here, but I would have liked to have seen more running. We lost the T.O.P. battle 35:38 to 37:01

I know we're not good enough to grind it out against a front four like theirs, but that should be the goal.
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I'm going to apologize for my comments about Smith this game. He did his thing.



This. I don't think we got away from the run game, we were pretty balanced. & I know "run" is equivalent to "conservative" around here, but I would have liked to have seen more running. We lost the T.O.P. battle 35:38 to 37:01

I know we're not good enough to grind it out against a front four like theirs, but that should be the goal.
Haha, I told you so, Fid.

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Itís rare that the athleticism and talent of a lineman stands out the way Duane Brownís (+8.7) did this week. I canít personally recall a tackle ever grading that highly, and in large part it was due to his brilliant work in the run game. Sure, he gave up only one hurry on 51 pass blocking snaps, which is fantastic in and of itself, but the way Brown played was stunning for itsí dominance.
Can't emphasize enough how big Duane Brown's overlooked performance was. Scary good.


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In getting the (unverified) highest grade weíve ever given to a left tackle, how could I not give kudos to Duane Brown?
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Can't emphasize enough how big Duane Brown's overlooked performance was. Scary good.
Great job , Duane Brown.

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Default Re: PFF ReFo: Texans @ Lions, Week 12

Personally I thought Garret Graham had a good day blocking as well
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I've noted that Graham has been quite a blocker for us.
He's well on his way to supplant Dreessen, if not already.
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srrono, we green text PFF recaps around here, didn't you get the memo?
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