Inglewood, Calif. – Is there a more reliable and consistent wide receiver in the NFL right now than Detroit's Amon-Ra St. Brown? Lions head coach Dan Campbell doesn't think so.
"He's a stud," Campbell said of his third-year wide receiver after he caught eight passes for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 41-38 win over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday. "He just continues to make plays. I've said it before, and I'll say it again he is the most steady, reliable guy that you can find in this league. I'd love to know somebody who is more reliable than him because I don't know if there is."
Sunday marked the fourth straight game with at least 100 receiving yards for St. Brown. He has six such performances in eight games this season. He joins Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore as the only three players in franchise history to record four straight games with over 100 receiving yards in a single season.
"He just does what he's supposed to do times 10," Campbell said of St. Brown. "He's productive, he's tough, he's physical, he's a game-changing type player. The bigger the moment the bigger he shows up.
"You talk about that word trust. There's a tremendous amount of trust in him and what he's able to do."
Trust is a word quarterback Jared Goff used to describe St. Brown as well.
"Pretty dang good," Goff said of St. Brown. "I feel as good with him as I've felt with anybody. He's a stud. He gets himself open. He has great hands. I think ultimately, I trust him. It's a credit to the way he practices and the way that he goes about his business."
St. Brown made big plays and crucial catches all afternoon for Goff and the Lions' offense. He's becoming one of those rare receivers where the defense knows it's coming and they still can't stop him.
"Wherever they put me if the ball comes my way I got to make a play and that's just the mentality that I have," St. Brown said after the game Sunday.
The great part about Sunday's performance for St. Brown was that it came in front of his friends and family. St. Brown grew up in southern California and went to college at USC.
Sunday was an important win for the Lions not just because it was a gutsy road win against a good west coast opponent and maintained their one and a half game lead in the NFC North. It was important because they came out on top of one of these offensive shootout games.
Since Campbell arrived in Detroit in 2021, he's lost more of these types of games than he's won, whether it was San Francisco in 2021 (41-33), Philadelphia (38-35) and Seattle (48-45) last season or Seattle (37-31) earlier this year. Sunday's win was a good one because it shows how this team and this offense have evolved over two years to now be equipped to win these kinds of games.
"This is one of those things we haven't done a lot of," Campbell said of winning the close high-scoring games. "I think every time you win no matter how you have to get it done you learn from it and you gain something out of it."
View photos from the Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers Week 10 game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 12 in Inglewood, CA.
While the Lions' offense really showed up against the Chargers the defense has plenty they can correct this week as they go back to the drawing board and prepare for a division matchup against Chicago at Ford Field next week.
The defense allowed 421 yards of offense as the Chargers scored a touchdown on their final five possessions of the game.
Detroit didn't record a sack and had just one tackle for loss. The fact that Campbell opted to go for it on 4th and 2 at the Chargers' 26-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in a tie game in order to not give Herbert and the Chargers the ball with any time left says a lot.
Sunday was one of those games where each offense was better than the defense across the field. It will happen from time to time in this league. Detroit's defense has played well at times this season and been the reason they've won games. Sunday wasn't one of those times.
Now it's important to get back to work this week and find a way to be more impactful next week against the Bears.