Where the Detroit Lions rank in team PFF grades after 4 weeks

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The NFL season doesn’t technically have a “quarter” of a year anymore with the move to 17 games. And because just one 15-minute period of football in Week 5 equals the actual quarter-season mark, it’s easy to just go back to the old habit of dividing the season into four even quarters of games.

Detroit went 0-4 in that old-school quarter. The Lions got there by playing one good half and one terrible half in each game, with some variance on the “good” from week to week. The team is heavily reliant on young and inexperienced players at many positions, presenting a real challenge for rookie head coach Dan Campbell and his staff.

Here’s how those players grade out in the primary categories at Pro Football Focus through the first four weeks, along with the top three players in each category for the Lions (minimum 40 snaps — 10 per game).

Overall - 29th

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Frank Ragnow 86.2

Jamaal Williams 77.6

Tracy Walker 74.8

Total offense - 23rd

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Frank Ragnow 86.2

Jamaal Williams 77.6

T.J. Hockenson 72.6

Total defense - 32nd

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Tracy Walker 74.8

Romeo Okwara 74.1

Trey Flowers 73.8

Passing offense - 22nd

D’Andre Swift 83.7T.J. Hockenson 71.6

Quintez Cephus 69.7

Rushing offense - 23rd

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Jamaal Williams 79.9

D’Andre Swift 63.1

Kalif Raymond 62.8

Receiving - 21st

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D’Andre Swift 83.7

T.J. Hockenson 71.6

Quintez Cephus 69.7

Pass blocking - 28th

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Darren Fells 82.1

T.J. Hockenson 76.5

Frank Ragnow 75.6

Run blocking - 10th

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Frank Ragnow 90.2

Jason Cabinda 73.6

Kalif Raymond 67.4

Rushing defense - 28th

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Tracy Walker 84.1

Jamie Collins 79.8

Bobby Price 68.2

Coverage - 32nd

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Trey Flowers 92.3

Romeo Okwara 65.1

Tracy Walker 64.1

Pass rush - 12th

Charles Harris 82.6

Romeo Okwara 79.7

John Penisini 72.5

Tackling - 31st

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Derrick Barnes 81.5

Tracy Walker 77.8

Jeff Okudah 77.3

Special teams - 31st

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Jason Cabinda 74.3

C.J. Moore 67.1

Jalen Reeves-Maybin 66.3

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