The Buffalo Bills were able to secure a victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, in a game that was close until the very end. Kyle Orton was impressive in his first start in place of EJ Manuel, while the defense was lights out, pressuring Matthew Stafford and stuffing the run, holding the Lions’ offense to just seven points.
After re-watching the game, here are my player awards.
Offensive MVP: WR Sammy Watkins
After a two-game “slump,” Sammy Watkins had his most impressive game of his young career, catching seven passes for 89 yards. With Kyle Orton delivering the ball in Watkins’ catch-radius, the electric playmaker was able to showcase his strong hands, smooth route running and long speed.
Watkins’ biggest impact came late in the game, when he was able to make a terrific adjustment in order to bring in an errant pass. The reception kept the Bills’ offense on the field and led to the game-winning field goal.
Offensive LVP” RB C.J. Spiller
C.J. Spiller had one of his worst outings as a pro against the Lions, failing to make an impact in every aspect of the game. He failed to pick up a blitz that resulted in a huge sack on Kyle Orton at the Bills’ one-yard line, gained just eight yards on 10 carries, and picked up 25 yards on three receptions.
Spiller is in a contract year, and while the offensive line hasn’t helped him out much, Spiller’s issues in pass protection are a huge part in why he’s not a more prominent piece in the Bills’ offense.
Honorable Mention: LG Cyril Richardson
A week after making his professional debut in which he faced off with All-Word defensive lineman J.J. Watt, Cyril Richardson had a rough outing against the Lions’ talented duo of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Richardson was beaten badly in pass protection, where he allowed Kyle Orton to be hit three times, and he failed to get much of a push when the Bills ran the ball.
Defensive MVP: DT Marcell Dareus
With Kyle Williams out with a knee injury, the Bills’ defense didn’t skip a beat. Marcell Dareus dominated Lions’ guard Larry Warford throughout the game to the tune of three sacks and five total tackles (two for a loss).
Dareus is seeking a long-term extension, as is the Lions’ All-Pro defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, and on Sunday, Marcell looked better than his counterpart.
Defensive LVP: CB Nickell Robey A year ago, Nickell Robey made a huge impact as an undrafted rookie, but in Jim Schwartz’ zone-based scheme, he’s looked out of place. That trend continued Sunday, as Robey missed two tackles that resulted in big gains, and was beat with size in the passing game. With Ron Brooks suffering a significant injury, Robey needs to step up if he wants to see an increased workload.