After a solid game capped by a game-winning touchdown pass, Lions quarterback Jared Goff has won NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13.
The Detroit Lions finally got their first win this season against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, as Jared Goff and rookie wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown connected on a game-winning touchdown on the final play. On Wednesday, Goff was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13.
Goff was not mistake-free last Sunday, with an interception, a sack-fumble and two inexplicable delay of game penalties he has to take a lot of blame for. But he completed 25-of-41 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns otherwise (13-for-17 for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the first half), hitting on some nice throws and of course leading the game-winning drive with no timeouts and less than two minutes on the clock
This is the fourth time Goff has won NFC Offensive Player of the Week in his career, and the first since Week 13 of the 2019 season.
Jared Goff is playing pretty well lately
Goff is the first Lion to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week since Calvin Johnson in Week 6 of the 2015 season The last Lions quarterback to win the award, not surprisingly, was Matthew Stafford in Week 11 of the 2009 campaign.
Goff has inarguably had his best two games of the season in the last two weeks, and the numbers back it up.
That said, the Lions seemingly could be doing more to prop Goff up.
It would’ve been nice to have something close to the Week 13 version of Goff all season, or at least more often whether it would’ve made a difference in wins and losses or not. The switch from Anthony Lynn to head coach Dan Campbell as the offensive player caller is the easy difference, if only due to indications Lynn and Goff were struggling to be on the same page.
In any case Goff got a well-deserved honor for his performance in Week 13, and the Lions are no longer winless.