The Detroit Lions dominated the Carolina Panthers in the first half, securing a 42-24 victory in Week 5 and improving their season record to 4-1.
The Detroit defense created significant challenges for Panthers quarterback Bryce Young, a rookie who threw two interceptions.
Additionally, the Panthers lost a fumble, and the Lions capitalized on these three takeaways by converting them into 21 points.
What makes this performance even more remarkable is that the Lions achieved such success without key players like star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs, and emerging defensive back Brian Branch.
Starting quarterback Jared Goff effectively distributed the ball among his teammates, leading to great success on offense.
Meanwhile, running back David Montgomery once again demonstrated his reliability as a dependable workhorse in the backfield.
Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson showcased creativity with plays like flea flickers, end-around, and direct snaps, keeping the Panthers’ defense on their toes.