Dan Campbell called him “a pit bull that plays receiver,” and after leading the Detroit Lions to their first win of the season Sunday against the Washington Commanders, Amon-Ra St. Brown is NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
St. Brown caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and had 68 yards rushing in the Lions’ 36-27 win over the Commanders.
He helped stave off a Washington rally with a 58-yard run to set up a D’Andre Swift touchdown late in the third quarter, and caught the clinching 11-yard touchdown pass with 7 minutes to play.
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“He’s as steady as they come,” Campbell said after the game. “I mean, he is as steady as a rock now. You can always depend on what he’s going to bring every day, not just on Sunday, but on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He’s been that way since he walked in the door as a rookie, and nothing has changed. He expects a lot of himself and us as a team, and that offense, and he’s just, he’s reliable.”
St. Brown has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL since late last season, after the Lions changed offensive play callers.
He has at least eight receptions in eight straight games, tying the NFL record held by Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas, and six straight games with a TD.
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Only Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams has more receptions (84) since Week 12 of the 2021 season than St. Brown’s 72.
A fourth-round pick out of USC last season, St. Brown is the first Lions players to win Offensive Player of the Week since Jared Goff in Week 13 last year.
Former Lions cornerback Darius Slay, who had two interceptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ Monday night win over the Minnesota Vikings, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
The Lions (1-1) play the Vikings (1-1) this Sunday in Minneapolis (1 p.m., Fox).