The Detroit Lions (1-1) went into the winning streak in Week 2, after beating the Washington captains in a convincing fashion. The Lions’ first half was to dominate the start of the game as we’ve seen for several years, but was it enough to sway the national powerhouses?
Several analysts jumped the Lions into the top half of the league after their decisive victory over Washington. Most cited Detroit’s strong offensive, which currently ties in with the Kansas City Chiefs for the most points during two weeks of the season.
While there are still some extremes who remain fourth in the league, the majority of analysts across the league have Detroit in the 14-20 range. Check it out:
USA Today: 14 (formerly: 18)
From Nate Davis:
They scored at least 35 points in three consecutive games for the first time since 1952, a year before owner Sheila Ford Hump was born.
MMQB: 12 (Previous: 23)
From Connor Orr (US$ subscription required):
“The NFL’s – offensive coordinator Ben Johnson – is no longer a secret. Jared Goff plays really well. D’Andre Swift is always in an open space. Black is real.
NFL.com: 16 (Previous: 26)
From Dan Hanzos:
Are the Detroit Lions an offensive force? Could it! Dan Campbell of the Grit Warriors found little resistance from the visiting leaders in a 36-27 win at Ford Field ceremonial, becoming the first Lions since 1970 to score 35+ in their first two games of the season. Jared Goff threw four touchdown passes on Sunday, and he’s getting plenty of help: Amon Ra St. Brown (184 total yards, two touchdowns) develops to a legitimate No. 1 on wide, while D’Andre Swift (87 total yards and TD on seven touches) only) looks like a returning racer getting ready to apply in The Superstar Club.
Athlete: 14 (Previous: 26)
From Bo Wolf:
“In an attempt to separate what is important and what is not in two weeks, it seems we can definitively say that the Lions are playful. On offense, they average 7.2 yards per lunge (thanks in part to Swift’s consecutive weeks of running 50 yards) while Amon-Ra St. Brown was electric. In defense, No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson broke out with three sacks as soon as he was able to line up against someone other than Lyn Johnson. Detroit vibes.”
Landing wire: 20 (previous: 26)
From Mark Lynn:
“The Lions don’t have big names per se in terms of their offenses, but their scheme provides ways to maximize the talent they possess. Amon Ra St. Brown had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns with two runs for 68 yards. The Lions embody the attitude of coach Dan Campbell and become A team that cannot be ignored.
ESPN: 20 (Previous: 27)
From Eric Woodyard:
“High school in Detroit is still working on getting more discipline, according to head coach Dan Campbell, and she has to “work.” Cornerback Jeff Okudah was solid during his comeback from a hamstring injury, but the unit was still working on not getting hit on deep balls, which was a problem in Weeks 1 and 2 against Philadelphia and Washington. Eagle star receiver AJ Brown had 10 receptions for 155 yards with holding 55 yards against the Lions in the opening.”
Sports News: 21 (Previous: 27)
From Vinny Eyre:
“The Lions showed some of their ‘Hard Knox’ bangers coming out as the offensive and defensive mobsters of Washington, thanks to young stars Amon Rae St. Brown, Dandere Swift and Aidan Hutchinson. The talent of Detroit and Moxy would hold them in most games under Dan Campbell.
Yahoo Sports: 21 (Previous: 27)
From Frank Schwab:
“The Lions could have a really good offense. They average 35.5 points per game. Amon Ra St. Brown is the star receiver. D’Andre Swift is a big game running backwards. But what really gives the Lions the right to attack is the elite streak. Put more than 35 points each week, but watching them will be very interesting.
Ringer: 25 (Prev: 29)
From Austin Gayle:
[Did not provide individual commentary for the Lions]
CBS Sports: 26 (Previous: 30)
From Briscoe House:
“They’ve racked up a bunch of points on attack so far this season. They should get better in defense, but at least Aidan Hutchinson showed up against Washington in a big way.