Via Carmen Vitali
FOX Sports NFC North Writer
In Detroit, ‘hope’ isn’t just a marketing slogan anymore.
After the first win of the season, Detroit Lion could (justifiably) be buying what head coach Dan Campbell sold.
The lions played their favorite NFC East game Philadelphia Eagles sounded the whistle at Week 1, mentally winning with them in the process. But in Week 2, they had a real win at home, against another NFC East opponent in a game they should have won.
And while expectations are low for Washington commanders This season, ask any Lions fan: winning the matches they have to win is anything but a given.
“I think it’s confirmation that we’re on the right track,” Campbell said on Monday after the win. “These people believe and they’re doing what we ask them to do and it pays off.”
It doesn’t look like that to begin with, for the record. Although the Lions scored the first points of the game, it had to go through a seven-time, 63-yard game that ended in just one goal on the field against a Chase Young-less Commanders defense. However, two drives in Washington later, the faith we saw from the players and coaches on Hard Knocks finally became visible to those watching at home.
Not just defense Charles Harris Sign up for a strip sack on the midfield Carson Wentz leading to a safety – which should have been enough of a catalyst for most teams to get juice – the Lions’ offense then followed. Midfielder Jared Goff lead in the first four touchdowns in extra possession, giving Detroit a 12-0 lead on a 13-yard pass to a wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown in the first quarter. That’s all you can ask for in both phases.
Jared Goff throws for four touchdowns and over 250 yards in the Lions . 36-27 win
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff threw for four touchdowns and over 250 yards in the Lions’ 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders.
And that’s exactly what you want to see from your offensive weapon, who, by the way, has entered this season with little known. St. Not only did Brown have a good performance for the Lions receiver, he also had a great performance out of all the collectors in Week 2.
St. Brown had a total of 9 hits for 116 yards and an additional 68 yards on it. He scored two goals. He is now the third all-time under-23 player to score an encounter goal in at least six consecutive games, putting him on the team of Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski.
He’s been shouldering the burden for Detroit since last season. He’s also only the third player in NFL history to score at least eight catches in eight consecutive games.
Not every team has a semi-secret weapon. Lions have two – and it makes their offense multidimensional. Run back D’Andre Swift went into the game with a ‘suspicious’ designation because of an ankle injury and made five tackles in 56 yards and caught two passes in 31 yards and a touchdown.
You can’t play hurting like that if you don’t have faith in your team and what you’re doing.
“Anytime you’re running back is a guy who can do both, being an explosive athlete can injure you in the run and in the passing game, it’s trouble for the defence,” Campbell said. and it gives you the flexibility to attack. “And on top of that, (Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown) Saint’s has the ability to play a little bit of that backstage, which we haven’t even really exploited. So there’s some of those things. something we can do, but those two are pretty active players for us.”
They did all that with the limitations of their offensive line. Center Frank Ragnow was out. Protection too Jonah Jackson. Detroit had Dan Skipper, a six-year veteran, began his early career and received a hero’s welcome in the locker room after the game. And while it’s a pleasant story, it’s also proof that Leos can deal with adversity.
Speaking of adversity, after the first pick Aidan Hutchinson had a slow start to Week 1 in which he exceeded his blocks and lacked the overall control you would want to see from a top passer, he returned in Week 2 with a performance performed three times in the Commanders’ Carson Wentz midfield. Both Harris and John Cominsky also engaged in sack action.
So if you’re into it, it’s a multi-way attack with a variety of weapons, a burgeoning defense with a bright young star that you can build around – and it’s all led led by a guy who has enough confidence for all 53 guys on his list.
Don’t look now but the Lions are not going to be ‘Lions’ this year, and it may be time for all of us to start believing in them.
Carmen Vitali covers NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen has had previous stops with The Draft Network and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, adding the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat parade participant) to her résumé. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at @CarmieV.
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