Jared Goff played his best game in a Detroit Lions uniform this past Sunday. And the NFL is rewarding him for his efforts.
On Wednesday morning, the NFL named Goff the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13 after a stellar performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Goff finished the game passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns. One of those touchdown passes was an 11-yard walk-off, game-winner to Amon-Ra St. Brown with 4 seconds left in the game.
While this is Goff’s fourth time winning the award, it’s his first in a Lions uniform. Goff is also the first Lions quarterback since Matthew Stafford (2009) to achieve this honor. Along with that, he’s the first Lions’ player, in general, to win it since Calvin Johnson (2015).
Not only were his stats impressive, but so was his poise.
In the first half, Jared Goff was throwing absolute dimes. On the Lions’ first scoring drive, his last two passes to T.J. Hockenson were on the money. And his second TD pass to Brock Wright wasn’t too shabby either.
Goff’s performance this past Sunday was rather shocking to some. This version of Jared Goff was not visible for the better part of the season. And it was a wonder if he would show up at any point because there was no inclination he would.
However, over the past two weeks, things have changed.
After returning from his injury a few weeks ago, Goff has thrown the ball pretty well. He has five touchdown passes to one interception. Goff has also registered a passer rating of 108.6. That’s pretty elite stuff from the two-time Pro Bowler.
There’s one more thing that led to Goff’s incredible performance this past Sunday, and that’s whom he threw the ball to. Goff targeted Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, and T.J. Hockenson 27 times, in total. St. Brown and Hockenson (along with Kalif Raymond) appeared to be his most comfortable targets throughout training camp. However, he’s had some trouble getting them the ball this season.
As far as Reynolds, well, there’s history there. Both played together during their time with the LA Rams. And as soon as Reynolds joined the Lions, coincidence or not, Goff began to take more shots down the field. Jared Goff will surely attempt to duplicate this performance on Sunday, as he and the Lions face the Denver Broncos.
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