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Lions-Patriots key PFF stats: Bad play from trenches, Jared Goff sinks Detroit

Lions-Patriots key PFF stats: Bad play from trenches, Jared Goff sinks Detroit

If we haven’t reached the lows of the Dan Campbell era, picturing what could potentially be the scariest thing you’ll see in October.

Sunday, the Detroit Lions By being thoroughly outplayed and completely outcoached New England Patriots. There is no way to sugarcoat such losses. There’s no way to chalk it up to the rebuilding hole like many did last year after losing to Detroit. Philadelphia Eagles on halloween Much like that loss, the Lions were outplayed in every phase of the game, and they went into the bye looking for answers.

For this regime, the stakes are a little higher in two years, and disappointment could be around any corner.

Last season, Campbell took over the play-calling duties from then-offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn after a loss to Philadelphia. Who knows if such a drastic decision is needed to turn the defense around or if it’s just a matter of Detroit just not having the talent to keep up defensively, but something has to give.

For this we do every week Detroit Lions Tim, we have some data courtesy of Pro Football Focus that might help you better understand the football the Lions have played so far—and how they’ll continue to play from here. Let’s take a closer look at the Lions by the numbers after their Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots.

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Detroit just spawned Two pressures on sunday. Two. The Lions, a team that had 31 pressures in Week 2 against the Washington Commanders and never had fewer than 10 in a game, had just two pressures against the Patriots. According to Pro Football Focus, New England has allowed 32 touchdowns through their first four weeks of football. One of the pressures Detroit registered came from second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson — and it looked like this:

When it comes to edge rushers and injuries, Detroit had a string of bad luck going back to training camp. First it was preseason hernia surgery for second-round pick Josh Paschal, then it was John Kaminsky’s hand surgery 2 weeks later, and now Charles Harris and the groin injury he suffered in practice this week that prevented him from suiting up. Against New England.

Out there as the lone Week 1 starter for the defensive end, Hutchinson looked like the rookie he is.

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On the flip side, the offensive line had easily its worst performance of the season. Detroit’s offensive front is their identity, and it’s crucial to the success of the Lions’ offense. The offensive line against the Patriots on Sunday allowed a Season-high 16 pressure—14 were endorsed by Taylor Decker (5), Jonah Jackson (4), Penny Sewell (3), and Frank Ragnow (2).

In those pressures, the Lions allowed just one sack, but it was a costly one. Jared Goff tried to avoid the pressure allowed by Sewell, but on this play, Goff’s technique in the pocket was more reminiscent of his last year’s game—a step slower and often misguided—than the sound pocket awareness he taps into in 2022. That led to a scoop and score just before the half, Goff has now committed a back-breaking error in three games this season — all games Detroit has lost.

48.7

This is a stat I made up after watching Goff’s performance, so it’s not a stat tracked by PFF, but using their pressure and depth of throw numbers, this is the percentage of Goff’s dropbacks that resulted in a completion: 48.7 percent. That’s his lowest mark of the year and a number that demonstrates just how incapable the offense has been moving the ball through the air.

Goff is beyond reproach to a subsection of Lions fans, and that’s okay. I understand rooting for a player through thick and thin. However, it was a game that illustrated the problem with Goff when things go the other way: His limitations athletically exacerbated the problem. When he finds himself in difficult situations he struggles to rise above. When Goff is under pressure, and it’s something he’s looking to improve on from a year ago, he can make things worse with one bad decision. Whether it was trying to get out of pressure by misstepping or trying to fit a throw into the window, Goff had his worst game of the year against New England—and that should come as no surprise to those who watched it Sunday.


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