After intercepting four passes as a rookie last season, highlighted by three interceptions of Aaron Rodgers, Lions safety Kerby Joseph went his first five games this season without a pick. Speaking to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News late last week, he talked about not forcing the issue.
"I feel like you just got to make every opportunity count," Joseph said. "You know what I mean? You can't force plays. You got to allow plays to come to you. The moment you start forcing plays, that's when you start messing up and not doing your job."
Monday night's game against the Las Vegas Raiders, who have thrown the most interceptions in the NFL, felt like a prime spot for Joseph to get his first interception of the season.
After a Lions' turnover, the defense needed to step up as it has for much of the first seven games.
Watch Kerby Joseph get first interception of season on arm punt from Jimmy Garoppolo
Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, despite missing two games and others having of course played Week 8 already, came into Monday night's with a tied for league-high eight interceptions thrown.
On the first play after the fumble by Lions' wide receiver Josh Reynolds, Garoppolo made one of the worst throws you may ever see.
Joseph clearly read it all the way, simply backpedaling right to the end zone. Garoppolo either did not see him, or had more faith in his arm getting the throw over Joseph to Davante Adams than he should have.
Full disclosure: I'm usually someone who hates end zone celebrations after random, non-scoring turnovers. But this "Thriller" dance celebration by the Lions' defense after Joseph's interception is hard not to love.
Joseph's interception also cashed in one of our best bets for Week 8, for those who can do so legally and may have been so inclined. But more importantly, he's off the interception schneid for the season and the play kept the Raiders from grabbing any momentum after a takeaway of their own.