Life is sweet for Darius Slay.
He leads all NFL cornerbacks in passes defended (17) and interceptions (4). He’s on monitor to earn his first journey to the Professional Bowl, with an All-Professional choice in sight as properly.
On Sunday he performed a starring position, but once more, within the Lions’ second straight win: three passes defended, one interception and a 25.6 passer score towards on eleven targets.
His decide, which got here in the long run zone with 1:23 remaining, clinched Detroit’s 38-24 win. He stated he was relieved to get it.
“I knew it was over with, man. I used to be drained. That was like a 20-play drive, we have been all gassed. It simply felt good to get off the sector, man, and seal the sport. I used to be gassed, I knew my teammates was gassed,” stated Slay.
Afterward, Jim Caldwell awarded his gamers a “Victory Monday” — no walkthrough, no conferences, no want to return in to the follow facility — and Slay was wanting to get house.
For some a lot-wanted relaxation?
“No. A lot-wanted 2K and Name of Obligation. I’m finna go get on that proper now,” he stated.
Slay seems to be having fun with his Victory Monday, if Twitter is any indication. So does fellow cornerback Quandre Diggs.
Diggs might have had probably the most spectacular — and most necessary — defensive play in Sunday’s win. Late within the third quarter with the scored tied at 24, he received an unimpeded blitz on DeShone Kizer and obliterated the rookie quarterback.
Kizer was briefly faraway from the sport with a rib damage. By the point he returned, after backup quarterback Cody Kessler was sacked 3 times in seven performs, Detroit had pulled forward by two touchdowns.
The 6’zero Slay appreciated his teammate’s hit, calling the 5’9 Diggs an “indignant midget.”
Slay’s solely grievance about Sunday’s recreation was the move interference penalty he was assessed on Cleveland’s last drive. It was the one time large receiver Ricardo Lewis acquired the higher of Slay, no less than in accordance with the refs.
“That was so weak! Man, that was so weak,” stated Slay. “They only mad as a result of I used to be on him all recreation.”