The Detroit Lions playoff train is back on track after their blowout win over the Chicago Bears in Week 17. They had everything they wanted all day offensively, finishing with a 41-10 win. With the Commanders losing, the Lions just need a loss from the Seahawks and a win next week to clinch a playoff spot.
Offensive spotlight: You can’t pick a performance that was more indicative of Justin Fields’ second season than this one. He was electric every time he tucked and ran, racking up 132 yards on 10 carries — including a 60-yarder. That brings his season total to 1,143 rushing yards — currently sixth most in the NFL — and puts him within striking distance of Lamar Jackson’s quarterback record of 1,206 yards.
As a passer, though, it was a completely different story. He went 7-of-21 for only 75 yards with two turnover-worthy plays. And it was as ugly as the stats suggest. Fields will have better weapons next season, but he’s going to end 2022 with the lowest passing grade among full-time starters.
Defensive spotlight: Add five more pressures to the tally for No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson, giving him a rookie-leading 48 pressures on the season. That wasn’t the only way he made an impact, however, as Hutchinson secured his third interception on the season in a unique play toward the end of the first half that saw him line up as a Cover 2 cornerback. That was somehow his third interception on the season, which now ranks fourth among all rookies.
Rookie spotlight: Hutch isn’t the only Lions rookie impacting opposing quarterbacks. James Houston IV has been on a tear since making his debut in Week 12. The sixth-rounder notched two more sacks on only 13 pass-rushing snaps against the Bears to give him seven in that short span this season.
Offensive line spotlight: The Lions' offensive line opened up freeway-sized holes for the team's running backs. On 33 carries from Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift, the Lions' line gave them 66 yards before contact per attempt. Two yards unfettered, on average, snap after snap is an easy way to demoralize a defense.
|Justin Fields||21.2||7 / 21||75||3.6||1||1|
|Jared Goff||22.4||21 / 29||255||8.8||3||0|
|Velus Jones Jr.||1.3||1||13||13||0||13|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||4||3||2||20||6.7||0|
|Velus Jones Jr.||1.3||1||0||0||0||0|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||10.2||5||4||62||12.4||0|