Lions' Week 11 Defensive Grades: XFL Quarterback Finds Success

Read more on how the Detroit Lions' defense fared against the Carolina Panthers

The Detroit Lions' defense is reeling, after allowing P.J. Walker, a former XFL quarterback who had been released a dozen times, to find success. 

Detroit allowed Walker, who was making his first career NFL start, to stand in the pocket to find his favorite targets. 

When you only hit the quarterback once all afternoon, the outcome is not likely going to be that favorable.

Here are the grades for the Lions' defense after the team's Week 11 contest with Carolina. 

Defensive line: D-

Romeo Okwara recorded Detroit's only hit on Walker all afternoon. 

While the defensive line kept Carolina's running game in check, there was not any semblance of a pass rush on Sunday. 

Rookie John Penisini continues to impress during his rookie campaign, as he recorded a sack of Walker. 


Linebackers: D

There was simply not much to speak of from this group. 

Jamie Collins recorded nine tackles, but Detroit's linebackers continue to make a limited impact in pass coverage.

Secondary: C+

Detroit's secondary was able to record two interceptions against Walker in the end zone.

Unfortunately, rookie Jeff Okudah suffered a shoulder injury, and was beaten for a big gain down the sideline by wideout DJ Moore.

His snap count in Week 11 was the lowest of his rookie campaign, and he may need to take a backseat to Amani Oruwariye moving forward, while he continues to work on his press technique and his footwork. 

Veteran Desmond Trufant gave up a touchdown, and the unit as a whole could not limit wideouts Robby Anderson and Moore. 

Special teams: C

Matt Prater missed again from distance this week -- this time from 51 yards out.

Jack Fox was put to work this week, as he punted on six occasions. 

He was able to pin the Panthers deep in their own zone with regularity, and had another solid performance for Detroit.

Detroit's return game did not significantly aid the team's starting field position.

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