Despite having a record of 1-3 on the season, the Detroit Lions have been one of the most entertaining teams in the NFL to watch through the first four weeks of the season. The coaching staff and fans of the team wish the record was better, but for the casual fan, the style of football that the Lions have been playing is a lot of fun to watch.
Detroit has a high-scoring offense, as they are currently leading the league with 140 points scored. Unfortunately for them, they also have the highest-scoring defense in the NFL, as they have given up 141 points.
The Lions have lost their three games by a combined 10 points, so they have had their chances to win games. Had they been able to get another stop or two, they could easily be 2-2 or 3-1 on the season.
There is a lot of work to do when it comes to the defensive side of the ball, but the offense is clicking on all cylinders. Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, Jared Goff led the team to 45 points despite being without wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark, and running back De’Andre Swift.
Goff didn’t miss a beat, turning to tight end T.J. Hockenson and wide receiver Josh Reynolds to pick up the slack. Veteran Jamaal Williams led the backfield, producing at a high level in place of Swift.
People are taking notice of how impressive the Lions’ offense has been, but the stats don’t tell the full story. Detroit is scoring touchdowns at a historic clip as they are only the sixth team in the Super Bowl era to have the leader in touchdown passes and rushing touchdowns four weeks into the season.
Goff has thrown 11 touchdowns while Williams has rushed for six. The last time this feat was accomplished was in 2019 when the Baltimore Ravens had Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram leading the league in touchdowns.
That is an impressive list that the Lions duo is joining. It is littered with Hall of Famers, such as the Greatest Show on Turf duo, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson also had Hall of Fame NFL careers.