5 biggest takeaways from Detroit Lions Week 3 win over the Atlanta Falcons

After a much needed performance on Sunday, here are the 5 biggest takeaways for the Detroit Lions from their Week 3 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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3. Jahmyr Gibbs got more work, but not in the way it was necessarily expected

With David Montgomery out, Gibbs was in line for more work against the Falcons and Craig Reynolds/Zonovan Knight was not going to stand in his way. An easy hypothetical over/under for carries was 15, and he ended up with 17 carries (for 80 yards, with 33 on two runs) and a 60 percent snap share. But he also only had two targets in the passing game, catching one for two yards. That kind of split of 19 touches was not expected.

When Montgomery returns, Gibbs should see a shift in his touches toward more passing game work (nine targets in Week 2). But until then, and likely again against the Packers in this short week, the rookie will be the lead back and that carry volume will drive down his looks as a pass catcher if Week 3 is any indicator.

2. Aaron Glenn answered the call

No one was calling for Aaron Glenn to be fired after the Lions' defense struggled against the Seahawks in Week 2, but it was hardly a stretch to say that could change if the Falcons' offense had similar results.

The Lions had one sack entering Week 3. They had seven sacks against the Falcons, including two by Aidan Hutchinson as the proverbial dam broke and the entire defensive line stepped up. Atlanta had just 183 net yards of offense, including 44 rushing, and of course just six points.

Glenn made the adjustments he needed to on Sunday, dialing up more blitzes like he did in his first two seasons as Lions' defensive coordinator. Facing a young quarterback with less than 10 starts on his resume helped, but it was Glenn's job to make Desmond Ridder restless and he got it done.