Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Jacksonville Jaguars

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Jacksonville Jaguars

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Detroit Lions detonated a 40-point bomb on the Jacksonville Jaguars today. Dan Campbell’s team triumphed 40-14 and moved to 5-7. It was a complete performance from a team high on confidence. Here are three takeaways from this impressive win. 

Jared Goff and Ben Johnson Light It Up

This was Jared Goff’s best day as a Detroit Lion. Goff completed 31 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. It was a complete quarterback performance from Goff. The former first overall pick was at his pinpoint best as he rifled passes in the short, intermediate, and deep areas of the field. Goff sprayed the ball around to various receivers as he displayed plenty of confidence. Even the deep ball appeared; Goff had five connections with D.J. Chark, including a substantial 41-yard completion. The sophomore Lion was magnificent on play-action; Goff was 11-of-13 on play-action passes and picked up 116 yards in the process. 

The Lions never punted, totaled 437 yards of offense, and registered 31 first downs. Six Lions had ball carries, and eight Lions had at least one reception. From the run game to the passing game, offensive coordinator Ben Johnson coached an impeccable game. 

 

The Money Badger Stays Hot

Throughout Dan Campbell’s tenure in Detroit, finding a reliable kicker has proved difficult for the regime. When former Los Angeles Chargers’ kicker Michael Badgley joined the Lions’ practice squad, nobody cared. However, Badgley has earned a roster spot and was 100% in this game. Due to playing in a dome, Detroit requires a kicker with a big boot. Badgley checks that box, and he was bullseye accurate when the Lions called on him. His brilliant kicking kept the scoreboard ticking and ensured Detroit kept finishing drives with points. Bigger tests will come, but for now, Michael Badgley is the kicker in Detroit. 

 

Amon-Ra St. Brown is Special

Whenever Amon-Ra St. Brown is on the field, he wreaks havoc. St. Brown hauled in 11 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. St. Brown even suffered a severe hit to his ribs that left him winded, and even that could not stop him. St. Brown was also clutch on money downs. He was four-of-four on third down targets and gained 53 yards on those receptions. He is a relentless, remorseless competitor. In the last four games, St. Brown has tallied 37 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns. Versatile on the outside or in the slot and devastating in short and intermediate areas, St. Brown is the linchpin of this offense. 

 

What Next?

The Lions stay at home and welcome the Minnesota Vikings. It could be a division-deciding day for Minnesota, but the Lions will have different ideas. Ford Field will be loud, and these fighting Lions will want to take the scalp of their divisional rivals. 

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