The Detroit Lions kept the wins coming on Sunday by rolling over the Vikings, and here’s our report card from the performance.
Another week, another win for the Detroit Lions. With revenge in the air, they avenged their Week 3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings with a 34-23 win. The win keeps the Lions in the playoff hunt, while also preventing the Vikings from clinching the NFC North for another week.
It’s getting increasingly hard to not believe in this Lions team. They’ve become one of the more entertaining squads in the league. Their high-flying creative offense has been as much fun as it hass been successful. With another 30-plus point effort, the Lions’ offense is establishing itself as one of the best the franchise has ever seen.
Entertaining may actually be underselling this clash of division rivals. It was one of the most anticipated Lions games in years, and there were plenty of explosive plays to give the fans something to cheer about.
Detroit Lions Week 14 Report Card
Grading The Lions Offense
Rush offense: 2/5 stars
The box score stats look fairly decent, but the Lions’ rushing total was inflated by a 42-yard run on a fake punt. Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift both struggled to get traction on the ground. The bright spot was Justin Jackson, who had a beautiful cutback on a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Aside from that though there really wasn’t much production on the ground. The rushing attack got a little better in the second half, but it was not a strong performance.
Pass offense: 5/5 stars
On the flip side, it was another dominant performance for the Lions’ passing attack. This week’s dominance didn’t even require Amon-Ra St. Brown to be otherworldly. Detroit had four different receivers tally at least 40 receiving yards, and nine different receivers had a reception. It was a very balanced attack the Vikings simply could not stop.
The offensive line also held up really well for the most part. The tackles continued their dominance, and Jonah Jackson and Frank Ragnow held down the interior. The Vikings struggled to generate pressure throughout the game and didn’t manage a single sack. It was another clinic by the elite offensive line of the Lions.
Best offensive player: QB Jared Goff
Another week where Goff was incredibly poised and in command of the offense. He made every tight window throw he needed to, he was evading pressure in the pocket well and he was as confident as he’s ever been in a Lions uniform.
That confidence is part of the reason we saw the deep ball showcased more this week.
From every angle, this was another incredible performance from Goff. His strong play led Detroit to another 30-plus point performance, and he was the driving force behind another win.
Worst offensive player: RG Logan Stenberg
With Evan Brown and Kayode Awosika out this week, Stenberg drew back into the starting lineup at right guard. As is to be expected when a backup to a backup to a backup guard is on the field, the Vikings’ defensive line had its way with him.
The run game struggled to get going and a big part of that was the lack of a push from the interior line. Stenberg has just never been able to find his footing as an NFL lineman.