Lions Den: Prater Clutch Again as Lions Take Down Rams


Matt Prater knocked down a 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left in the game to give the Detroit Lions (3-3) a victory over the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) at Ford Field on Sunday.

Prater hit a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the game last week against the Eagles, leading to a Lions victory.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was phenomenal in this game as he threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Stafford was spreading the ball around as seven different players registered a reception. Los Angeles came into the game as one of the top pass defenses in the league and Stafford was able to pick them apart with relative ease.

The Lions’ running game didn’t get going, and that forced them to be pass heavy. Zach Zenner led the way on the ground with 14 carries for 58 yards. Newly signed Justin Forsett had five carries for five yards. The Rams came into the game ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed per game, but they shut down the Lions’ backs. Detroit was without starting running back Ameer Abdullah, backup running back Theo Riddick and third string running back Dwayne Washington, so the lack of depth played a huge role in the lack of rushing yards.

Detroit receiver Golden Tate finally had a breakout game, as he caught eight passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Tate has had a slow start to the 2016 season, but his breakout game helped the Lions squeak by the Rams. Anquan Boldin was second on the team in receiving with eight catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Number one receiver Marvin Jones caught just two passes for 10 yards, but he did haul in a touchdown.

The Lions defense had a tough time covering Los Angeles’ number one receiver Kenny Britt. Britt finished the game with seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit’s secondary allowed Case Keenum to throw for 321 yards and three touchdowns. After a pretty good week against the Eagles, the Lions’ secondary had trouble staying with receivers and couldn’t break up any passes.

Detroit’s front seven played well. Besides a few long runs, the Lions contained one of the top running backs in the league in Todd Gurley. Gurley finished the game with 14 carries for 58 yards. As a team, Los Angeles ran for 76 yards. The Lions’ front seven haven’t gotten a lot of pressure this season, but they found a way to make plays in this game.

The Lions will play host to the Washington Redskins next week at 1 p.m. on Fox.