For the first time this season, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff will get to go up against a vastly improved Minnesota Vikings defense led by Brian Flores when the two NFC North rivals face off inside U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday.
Goff has only faced the unique defensive scheme that Flores runs once in his NFL career, and to say the least, it didn't go well for the Lions veteran quarterback.
Combine this with the fact that Goff has never led his team to a win against the Vikings inside U.S. Bank Stadium (0-3 in career), and Minnesota could surprise a few people on Sunday if they are able to leave their home field with a victory over Detroit.
Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores flustered Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff in 2020
That lone matchup between Goff and a Flores-led defense took place back in Week 8 of the 2020 season when the quarterback was with the Los Angeles Rams and the Vikings' current defensive coordinator was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Knowing that Goff typically struggles when he has to face pressure, the Dolphins' defense was able to generate a whopping 29 pressures in this 2020 contest that eventually resulted in Miami leaving the field with a 28-17 win.
Thanks to the immense amount of pressure that Miami was able to generate with Flores' defensive scheme, Goff wound up delivering an awful performance.
The veteran quarterback was only sacked twice, but both sacks resulted in Goff fumbling the ball to the Dolphins. Those two lost fumbles were half of the four turnovers the signal-caller finished with during the matchup, as he also threw two interceptions.
When the final whistle blew, Goff had only completed 57.4 percent of his passes, averaged just 5.8 yards per pass attempt, and generated an abysmal 65.9 passer rating.
He also threw for a total of 355 yards and one touchdown. However, he needed 61 pass attempts to do so.
According to PFF, Goff has a 64.4 passer rating when pressured this season, which ranks 20th in the NFL. He'll be going up against a Vikings defense that has blitzed on 47.7 percent of their opponents' dropbacks this year, the highest percentage in the league.
With a 10-4 record heading into Sunday, the Lions are one of the best teams in the NFL this season. But Goff's struggles when facing pressure are nothing to ignore, so Flores might have the recipe to keep the quarterback winless inside U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend.