This article is part of our NFL Observations series.
For the second week in a row, my Survivor pick came on a standalone night game I had to watch via edited version the following morning. While the Lions were actually up 17-14 at the half, and the Packers defense looked terrible, mercifully this one wasn't much of a sweat. It was nice to see the Packers cover too.
- Aaron Rodgers took three sacks, but was otherwise smooth and cool. It seems like he's lost a step as a scrambler, but he slung the ball around with ease and accuracy.
- Aaron Jones (17-67-1, 6-6-48-3) had a monster game due to all the touchdowns, and even better for him, it seems like AJ Dillon (5-18-0, 1-1-8-0) is more backup than timesharer.
- Davante Adams (9-8-121-0) mostly had his way with the Lions young DBs and broke tackles after the catch. He hasn't scored a TD yet this year though.
- Robert Tonyan (3-3-52-1) kept up his insane pace of touchdowns per target and also drew two pass interference penalties. Randall Cobb (3-3-26-0) converted a couple key third and longs.
- Jared Goff was serviceable – he's a good bye-week fill-in when the matchup is favorable.
- D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are splitting about 50/50. T.J. Hockenson (9-8-66-1) and Quintez Cephus (7-4-63-1) are the only pass-catchers of note.
- The Lions are bad, but they seem more or less like an NFL team.