Notes: National writer believes Jared Goff should be in MVP conversation

Pride of Detroit

If you would have told me before the season began that Detroit Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff had thrown for over 1,100 yards, and 11 touchdowns to only three interceptions in the first four games—I probably would have told you that the Lions’ record had to be 3-1. Or at least 2-2, right? RIGHT?!

Sadly the football gods are cruel, and the Lions are 1-3, despite having one of the most efficient and explosive offenses in the NFL.

With Goff at the helm, the offense has been leaps and bounds better than where they were this time last year. In fact, some think that he needs to be mentioned in the MVP conversation. Just ask NFL insider Jordan Schultz of thescore.com.

“Goff’s making throws he’s never made before,” one NFL scout told Schultz. “He’s been able to throw some guys open with tight windows. The receivers have made plays, and he’s always had a good, strong arm.”

Even in the game against Seattle, Goff was without many of his favorite targets—second-year receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, star running back D’Andre Swift, and newly-acquired receiver DJ Chark. Even without those difference-makers in the lineup, Goff managed to make plays in the passing game—consistently finding other pass-catchers like tight end T.J. Hockenson, veteran receiver Josh Reynolds, and even preseason superstar Tom Kennedy.

Personally, I think it’s a bit premature throwing Goff’s name into the MVP bucket. He has certainly played his best football as a Lion the last four weeks, but there are still mistakes here and there from the former first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, like a pair of pick sixes, including one against the Seahawks last Sunday.

As good as Goff’s ball-placement and decision making was for the majority of that game, that throw was incredibly costly to a team that already was having issues keeping pace. To truly be considered among the elite in this league, he has to limit some of the bone-crushing mistakes that have plagued him for several years now.

You can read the entirety of the piece from Schultz here.

And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:

  • Normally, I would do my best to avoid storylines like the one associated with the Lions’ Week 5 opponent—the New England Patriots. However, it’s not that simple. Justin Rogers of the Detroit News has more on how this game means more than your typical out-of-conference matchup.
  • Dave Birkett of the Free Press dives into just how much defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is sending extra rushers after the quarterback.
  • I don’t partake, but I imagine those who have Jamaal Williams on their fantasy teams are quite happy with his production.
  • At the beginning of the year, we knew that the offense would likely be ahead of the defense in terms of development. Although I don’t think anyone thought the contrast would be this extreme. Eric Woodyard of ESPN has more on how the Lions’ defense is holding back a potent offense.

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