Another test has been passed with flying colors. This team just rules. The Lions did exactly what they needed to do on the road against a first-place Buccaneers team. They won the turnover battle, and when it mattered most, they were able to pop off a few big plays. It also didn't hurt that the offense completely dominated on third down.
If you're looking for a play that exemplifies what the Dan Campbell era is in Detroit, Amon-Ra St. Brown's touchdown in the second quarter is a perfect example. The Sun God made something out of nothing, and then Craig Reynolds laid one of the best blocks of the year, allowing St. Brown to score.
The most talked about Lion this offseason was Jameson Williams. I had to write a blog telling people to pump the brakes in regard to their opinions. He returned from suspension after four games and was essentially a nonfactor last week, but came up big with a huge touchdown in the third quarter today. The Lions obviously needed that play, but Jameson Williams might've needed it more. If he was a no-show in his first two games back, a lot of heat would've been thrown his way.
Jared Goff is playing at a level I never thought we'd see when he was traded for. I understand there will be some concern when Ben Johnson inevitably takes a head coaching job. But right now, you're looking at a guy you need to consider paying. We must move past the idea that just because a guy isn't Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen doesn't mean they can't play at a high level. The roster around him is fantastic, but he is the quarterback for a team that is better than any of that Matthew Stafford ever had.
I rarely say this, but I have no complaints about this team right now. They are 5-1. They go on the road next week to face the Ravens. Maybe they win, maybe they lose. But they have bought a lot of goodwill and a big lead in the NFC North. Keep loving it, Detroit. This is fun.￼￼