Family affair

St. Brown siblings clash to headline Packers final in Detroit

(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

There’s more than just a divisional rivalry in Detroit this weekend.

A new sibling rivalry between the Green Bay Packers wide receiver Equanime Saint-Brown and his younger brother, Amun-Racould very well end up in the forefront of headlines after what should be an unchallenging contest.

Amon-Ra, a fourth-round Lions pick currently in the midst of a stellar rookie campaign, will do his part to confuse the top-ranked Packers ahead of their playoff adventure. Nothing will change in terms of the standings – the Packers already have a first-round bye and assured home-field advantage – but a loss to the lowly Lions could deal a catastrophic blow to a team whose momentum is everything. .

“Going against my brother, it will be the second time in our lives, so it will be a great feeling,” said Equanimeous, the eldest of the three St. Brown brothers – the youngest, Osiris, currently playing on the sidelines for Stanford. “He is much better and hopefully we will come out with a win.”

For the elder St. Brown, he returns to Ford Field where his career basically blossomed. After being drafted to Green Bay in the spring of 2018 by way of a fifth-round pick, he was either inactive or did not see the field in three of his first four games, except for two special teams during the first week.

It wasn’t until the Packers’ clash with the Lions on Oct. 7 that he burst onto the scene with a trio of receptions for 89 yards. He played 60 offensive snaps in a 31-23 loss, however, he displayed agility and quickness that could only be considered rare for a 6’5″ passer.

The 94 receiving yards he tallied two months later in a game against the New York Jets set a career high that still stands to this day, but his performance against the Lions remains lagging behind. one of his best. Sunday marks only his second trip to Detroit since that day — the first being last season in a game where he had just 17 snaps.

“I can’t speak for other players, but for me, if I go to a stadium where I’ve had good plays or good matches, I feel more comfortable playing there,” said St. Brown. “Detroit is one of those places where I had my first start and my first caches; it’s definitely a good feeling.”

Amon-Ra St. Brown celebrates after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

The Packers may choose to keep their starters out for part of the game with the playoffs on the horizon. Including Davante Adams, paving the way for St. Brown to see extended action. Either as much or more than he did against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago – he played 48 snaps but didn’t touch the ball once. He flourished in the team’s running game, solidifying himself as a worthy blocker for his teammate, Allen Lazard.

His emergence on the Packers’ offense — whether he filled the stat sheet or made under-the-radar contributions — has been a long time in coming for St. Brown. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in pre-season before his sophomore year, shutting out any chance of a recall before he even had the chance. He also spent a notable part of his 2020 campaign on injured reserve before eventually being reinstated to the 53-man roster in October.

Equanimeous and Amon-Ra enjoyed their respective seasons, but for different reasons. While the former is part of a team widely considered one of the Super Bowl favorites, he hasn’t exactly put up any decent numbers. The latter saw his season come to an end several weeks ago, but as the Lions flirted with incompetence, he presented the debut of a potential superstar in the process.

He leads the Lions in catches and yards — both by a significant margin — and is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns. His recent rise has turned heads and caught the attention of the Packers. he has over 90 receiving yards in each of his last three games, including 111 last week in a road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He also found the end zone four times in that span – three times in the air and once on the ground.

Even though they wear different colors, the brotherly love is still intact despite this. In fact, “I’m really proud of him,” Equanimeous will admit. “I know how hard he’s worked all his life. I was there side by side for most of it. I’m really happy for him knowing they’re not having a good season right now that he’s the chance to make plays and score touchdowns.”