Store: DJ Chark, WR
Chark needed a good game and it came at just the right time against his former team. Five catches for 96 yards gave Shark his best yardage performance since Week 8 of the 2020 season, and left him within a touchdown. From completing this week’s bold prediction. resulted in a Shark ball game, and it had to be a feel-good moment after that and a rocky start to his tenure in Detroit. The Lions had made it clear they wanted the ball now that he was healthy, and Jared Goff’s clean pocket made way for Chark to get the deep goals he had been craving.
Storage: Jared Goff, QB
Speaking of Goff, what a day. Sunday was undoubtedly one of Goff’s best days as a Lion from a statistical standpoint, as he finished 31 of 41 for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t the most accurate, and he struggled at times to put the ball directly at receivers a few feet from the field. However, he had the cleanest pocket he’d had all year (and that’s saying a lot) and that meant Goff had the patience to look down that he didn’t have.
I don’t expect this high level of play to continue by any means – Goff’s play was a product of circumstance, and that circumstance was Jacksonville’s lack of pass rushing. It prevented Goff from being his usual sloppy self in a messy pocket, and took credit for the day’s lead, but tempered expectations against better defensive teams moving forward.
Stock below: Scott Daly, LS
I really tried to be lenient with Scott here, but things are figuratively spiraling out of control at this point, and he’s incredibly lucky that he’s not quite literally yet. It seems like almost every week now there’s a bad upset, whether it’s a punt, field goal, or PAT. Jack Fox has, quite literally, saved Daly’s job single-handedly with the lions so far. If Fox fiddled with every bad shot that came his way, or even half of it, the Lions would already have a new long snapper by now. Special Teams Coordinator Dave Vibe Defend Daly’s accuracy Last month, but more bad shots since then make it abundantly clear that the Lions will need to do their due diligence in this position.
Stocking: Dan Campbell, HC
When things go wrong, Campbell is the first to drop. Credit Where credit is due, Dan Campbell his staff get every ounce of talent from this list. They are playing their best season in December. This is something we as Lions fans rarely see. This team is 4-1 since the beginning of November and in the playoffs entering Week 14. This is a far cry from the discussions that took place over the first overall draft only a month ago.
Similarly, Campbell has his team play clean football. A good soccer team must control not only the opponent, but themselves as well, and the Lions did just that on Sunday. The team finished with only one 10-yard penalty on Jonah Jackson’s hold early in the fourth quarter. Apart from that, the Lions played clean and complete football, which is a reflection of their exceptional training in all areas.
Stocking: Michael Badgley, K
Badgley went 4 of 4 on field goals Sunday, hitting from 45, 47, 38 and 44 yards. That’s after Money Badger kicked a 51-yard field goal to tie last week’s game late in Game 4 on national television. That leaves Badgley at 11 of 12 on the season, with four of the last five coming from 40 yards. That’s not bad for a guy who’s been described as ill-fitting over 45 yards and no good in a crunch. He’s had his kicker residency through the rest of the season with the exception of a big change (knocking wood), and he’s clearly earned the trust of this team and this team.
Stocking: Will Harris, CB
It was a really nice day for Will Harris against a fairly strong Jacksonville receiving corps. On paper, Harris finished as the Lions’ second-best tackler with six tackles and a pass defensed. In the movie, it was somewhat better.
Credit where the *textbook* technique is credited by Will Harris for the nice PBU
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In a great change of pace, Harris found himself in all the right places in coverage on Sunday and had a really good day keeping up with coverage and playing across the ball even when he lost a step. I hope he can maintain this level of play going forward.
Stocking: DeShon Elliott, S.
Elliott has had his ups and downs this season, but he came out strong to start Sunday’s game. On the first defensive snap, Elliott stood up Travis Etienne after making a big run, then snatched the ball out of Etienne’s hands for the Lions’ recovery. The tackle was impressive on its own; I was going to put Elliott in storage only for Etienne to stop in his tracks. The turnover was the cherry on top, starting what turned out to be a great day for the Lions.
James Huston, EDGE: another bag In limited defensive action, this time he showed some skip-step bravado and some amazing bends. Also, props to Houston for getting the crowd excited after every kickoff (and there were many) on Sunday. Dude is happy to play ball, and he plays ball very well.
Duce Staley, RB coach: D’Andre Swift has fallen far short of expectations this year, but Staley continues to get meaningful touches and puts him in a position to succeed. Swift finished with four catches for 49 yards and 14 carries for 62 yards, his most efficient day in a while. All the while, Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson thrive in their respective roles.
Calif Raymond, WR/PR: Raymond continues to make magic with kicks that most returners would catch. Today, this got you two 20-yard returns, but that’s a 20-yard that most other returners won’t get you.
Justin Jackson, right-back: A couple of nasty drops hurt Jackson Sunday. If he wants to continue taking D’Andre Swift’s touchdowns, the team must be able to trust Jackson with his passing game.
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