The Detroit Lions ended up in a shootout last week as they tried to rally from a steep deficit against the San Francisco 49ers. What resulted was quarterback Jared Goff getting out of his comfort zone with a handful of deep throws and some significant garbage time yardage (but can you call it garbage time since the comeback almost worked?)
Bold prediction of the week: Jared Goff surpasses last week’s passing total against Green Bay
For our box score scouts, this doesn’t seem like a tall task. For those of you who watched the game, however, you’ll know that it was only by sheer necessity that Jared Goff passed the ball more than seven yards past the line of scrimmage. A lot of his yardage was YAC, too, like his “43-yard touchdown pass” that had almost 47 yards after the catch.
Jared Goff finds D'Andre Swift on a RB screen, who takes it 43 yards for a #Lions touchdown.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 12, 2021
Yards After Catch: 46.5
YAC Over Expected: +19.2
Swift has been targeted on 7 of his 16 routes so far today (43.8%).#SFvsDET | #OnePride pic.twitter.com/IaNsu4UXEd
In total, Goff passed for 338 yards against the 49ers—good for fifth most of all Week 1 quarterback. That’s a tough total to surpass this week.
Enter the Green Bay Packer. All we’ve heard for the past eight days is “Blah blah blah, Aaron Rodgers is angry, blah blah blah.” I’m here to tell you one thing: R-E-L-A-X.
Just kidding. If Rodgers is angry, he’ll tear this helpless defense to shreds, but I couldn’t not make that joke. That being said, if Jimmy Garoppolo managed to put up 34 points, I can’t imagine what Angry Aaron can do. An angry Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play defense, though, and the Packers defense got torn to shreds by elite quarterback Jameis Winston to the tune of 38 points.
Surely if Angry Aaron Rodgers clowns the Lions’ hobbled secondary all night long, the Lions offense will be in catch-up mode, and Goff will be slinging the ball all night. If that’s the case, last week gives us no reason to believe the Packers defense will put up a fight, and maybe, just maybe, Goff can eclipse last week’s numbers.