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Oct 21, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) takes the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions played a solid all-around game Sunday, defeating the Dolphins, 32-21, to move to 3-3 on the season.

Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson played the best game of his short career, rushing for 158 yards on 19 carries. Johnson’s performance wasn’t enough to make Pro Football Focus’ Week 7 Team of the Week, although two other Lions did.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford played an extremely efficient game, earning a PFF grade of 93.6. The article calls Stafford’s performance his best of the year.

Stafford moved his season into the top seven quarterbacks in terms of PFF grade with a big showing against the Dolphins. His best performance of the year, Stafford had 11 throws which resulted in a first down or touchdown, and of his four incompletions, three came as a result of batted passes or drops.

Stafford’s elite play is no surprise at this point in his career, but a different, frequently-maligned player, linebacker Jarrad Davis, made the list after playing perhaps his best game as a pro.

Of Davis, the article highlighted his progress as an all-around player, giving him a PFF grade of 91.

This was exactly the performance the Lions were hoping for when they drafted Davis in the first round a year ago as the former Florida Gator flew all over the field. He blitzed 13 times, accumulating a sack and three hurries, finished the game with four defensive stops and allowed just 17 yards on plays where he was the primary defender in coverage.

Davis has been up and down this season. However, his growing comfort in the Lions’ defense has become apparent after watching him play the past few weeks.

Detroit has won two straight games and will head home to Ford Field where they will take on the 3-3 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

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