As the Falcons digest their comeback win over the Packers, Arthur Smith is already moving on to the Lions, who will host Atlanta in Detroit in a Week 3 contest.
The club is 2-0 for the first time since 2017, while Dan Campbell‘s club is coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Seahawks. This isn’t your father’s Falcons – Lions matchup. Both are ascending organizations and playoff contenders in a wide-open NFC.
Well, I think it’s fairly obvious why, Arthur Smith. Goff looked phenomenal with Sean McVay in Los Angeles, except for the fact that he couldn’t get the Rams over the hump, losing in excruciating fashion to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, putting up a measly three points.
McVay then went out and traded for Matthew Stafford and won a Super Bowl over the Bengals. It was clear that Goff could run that system to a tee but couldn’t improvise enough when it mattered most to get his team to the promised land.
That’s not to say he isn’t a capable quarterback because he absolutely is and is showing it with the Lions. He’s completing over 71% of his passes for 576 yards to go with four touchdowns to one interception through two games in 2023, including an upset win over the Chiefs and a 121.8 quarterback rating against the Seahawks.
The Falcons won’t underestimate Goff or the Lions, who play a very similar brand of football as Arthur Smith’s team. It’ll be a slugfest.