Coaching Staff: 5/5 stars
Ben Johnson continues to shine in his first year as offensive coordinator. He’s beginning to get head coaching buzz as the Lions continue to put up points week after week. Aaron Glenn’s defense has begun to string together strong performances over the past five weeks. The special teams were even dominant in this game as well.
Dan Campbell’s staff have been doing an incredible job, especially over the last month and a bit. There is legitimate hope around this team in the month of December for the first time in years.
Play of the game: DJ Chark’s 41-yard reception
Despite the dominant effort, Detroit didn’t really have that many splash plays on Sunday. All four touchdowns came in goal-to-go situations, and the defense held firm without having many highlights either. However, there was one play that absolutely stood out. Detroit has been looking for a deep passing attack for well over a year now. On Sunday, Goff and Chark finally connected on a deep shot they had missed in weeks prior.
The only part of this game fans may be disappointed by is the lack of Jameson Williams touches. Williams had just one target on a handful of snaps, primarily being used as a decoy. After the game, Campbell said the reason for Williams’ usage being the way it was is simply the Lions trying to help get his feet under him.
Detroit has the Vikings game next week circled, and they want Williams to be able to contribute as much as possible in that game. After the last-minute loss against the Vikings in Week 3, the Lions are primed and ready for revenge in Week 14.