Lions down bad vs. Browns with latest Jared Goff update
With a big-time cross-conference matchup on tap against the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions will be searching for their first win of the season, and after today’s news, it looks like they will be doing so without their starting quarterback, Jared Goff. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Friday that Goff will most likely be out this weekend due to an oblique injury that he suffered in the Lions’ last game.
The #Lions listed QB Jared Goff (oblique) as doubtful. Tim Boyle likely starts.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2021
Boyle, now in his first season in Detroit after spending the first two seasons in Green Bay is a former undrafted free agent with zero career starts. He is also coming off of an injury and was just activated into his practice window this week. How much he is ready to handle physically is a serious question mark heading into the game. In Detroit’s previous game, a tie to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week at home, head coach Dan Campbell and company gave running back D’Andre Swift a career-high 33 carries. Expect that type of output from the Lions once again, as they look to take advantage of a Browns-run defense that was just decimated last week by the Patriots.
Swift came out of the last game a little banged up–the story of his short NFL career– but he seems likely to play on Sunday and the team will also get a boost from the return of backup running back Jamaal Williams. Detroit should be able to have success on the ground again this Sunday, just as they did last week, but it will be up to Boyle to make the plays that Goff failed to make last week if the Lions are going to get their first win of the 2021 season.