The Detroit Lions are having their best season in recent memory so far, and with a 5-1 record, they’re looking to prove they belong in the Super Bowl conversation.
They have been playing well across the board, especially offensively, as wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is putting up strong numbers and quarterback Jared Goff is turning in another very productive season.
Running back David Montgomery has also been playing well with 385 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in five games, but he will miss this Sunday’s game at the Baltimore Ravens with a rib injury, which means the spotlight will be on rookie Jahmyr Gibbs when it comes to Detroit’s running game.
Gibbs missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, but he’s expected to get on the field on Sunday, and while he said it felt weird missing both games, he’s looking forward to carrying more of the offensive load, per Eric Woodyard.
#Lions rookie Jahmyr Gibbs said it felt “weird missing those 2 games.” He was still in team meetings, but now that he’s back, he’s embracing the role of being a “18-20”-touch a game RB without David Montgomery. “I’ll be fine,” he said. pic.twitter.com/LI9s5keEmC
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) October 20, 2023
Gibbs has run for 179 yards in four games, and the tag-team duo of Gibbs and Montgomery have enabled Detroit to be eighth in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns.
Head coach Dan Campbell has done a remarkable job turning around a team that started 1-6 last year, and since then, the Lions have gone 13-3.
Their defense, which looked shaky earlier this year, took a big step forward by holding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to just six points in a convincing win in Week 6 while limiting Baker Mayfield to 19 complete passes out of 37 attempts.
This Sunday’s game against the Ravens will be an opportunity for Detroit to make a pretty big statement to the rest of the NFL that they’re for real.NEXT: Greg Olsen Names 1 Key Factor For Lions' Success