The Detroit Lions gave the Jacksonville Jaguars an old-fashioned booty whoopin’ Sunday.
The Lions took the lead early and never looked back during a 40-14 victory.
Week by week this team has been trending in the right direction, and today, with a healthy team, the Lions looked great. This is the Lions the fans have been waiting for all season.
Here are my takeaways from Sunday’s game:
The Lions offense scored on every drive in this game. They left no points behind and moved consistently and fluently down the field. They topped 30 points for the sixth time this season, which puts them one 30-point game away from tying the franchise record of seven.
Goff had an incredible game. In just the first half, he was 18-for-23 for 204 passing yards and a touchdown. The quarterback produced his third 300+ yard game this season. He was able to use all the tools in his tool belt and was able to find eight different receivers with ease. Goff has now thrown a TD in 11-straight home games.
Amon-Ra St. Brown recorded another 100+ yard game and tallied two touchdowns. He ended the game with 11 catches for 114 yards.
DJ Chark is making a comeback. The wide receiver was injured for six weeks of this season, and he made his appearance known. It seemed as though the Goff/Chark connection finally broke ground. Chark caught five passes for 98 yards.
Jamaal Williams proves game after game that he is a cheat code. The running back had 11 carries for 35 yards and recorded his 14th touchdown of the season.
D’Andre Swift looked to be the healthiest he’s been in a long-time. He finished with 111 yards on 14 carries and four catches with a rushing touchdown.
Defense Shuts Down the Jags
The Lions had their best defensive game of the season. They stopped the Jags on six of nine drives, holding them to 14 points and one touchdown.
James Houston recorded his third career sack while Aidan Hutchinson got half a sack bringing his total to six. Houston and Hutchinson are the only two Lions rookies to ever record three sacks within their first two career games.
Several players had huge games today. John Cominsky came in clutch with numerous huge stops on third downs. Alex Anzalone had an early fumble recovery after DeShon Elliott forced his first fumble as a Lion.
In a year where the Lions struggled early to find a kicker they trusted, Michael Badgley proved his worth. Badgley went 4 for 4 on extra points and 4 for 4 on field goals from 47, 45, 44 and 38 yards. He was responsible for 15 of the Lions 33 points.
Every Lions fan was on the edge of their seat to see Jameson Williams take the field for the first time of his NFL career, but it wasn’t what they expected. In the first half the crowd went wild when he touched the field, but his only two snaps in the first half were on run plays. Goff did target Williams in the third quarter, but did not make the connection.
Up Next for the Lions
The Detroit Lions will now gear up to host the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field next Sunday.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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