St. Brown dominates; where is DJ Chark?

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the Detroit Lions’ 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders, and looks at the players who helped and hurt their stock Sunday at Ford Field.

Four up

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown: Lions coach Dan Campbell called St. Brown “a pitbull that plays receiver,” and that description seems apt after the second-year wideout had another huge game Sunday. St. Brown caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a back-breaking 11-yard score with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. He had a 58-yard rush on an end-around (and another 10-yard run). And he tied the NFL record for most consecutive games (eight) with at least eight catches. Already one of the steadiest, most dependable receivers in the NFL, he’s amazing he lasted till the fourth round of last year’s draft.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) is tackled by Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (25) during the first half at Ford Field, Sept. 18, 2022.

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BY Aidan Hutchinson: Hutchinson earned mixed reviews for his play in Week 1, when the Philadelphia Eagles used his aggressive play against him in their quarterback run game. Hutchinson answered Sunday the way a No. 2 overall pick should, with three sacks among six tackles. Hutchinson was the beneficiary of improved play by his teammates. Charles Harris gifted Hutchinson one sack with a good pass rush, and Hutchinson got a second courtesy of a Chris Board pressure. But after three near-misses last week, Hutchinson’s ability to finish got the Lions off to the hot start they needed Sunday.

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