It should come as no surprise to anyone after Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stomped the Green Bay Packers‘ Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, but just in case there was any doubt… the Detroit Lions are cheap.
Fortunately, the Packers know it and they should be ready.
“I guess it helps them, they trash talk and do more of that than any team we play. Them and Atlanta, them more so. Atlanta doesn’t get the penalties,” defensive end Ryan Pickett said. “Detroit, I guess that’s their way of showing they’re tough, that’s what I take it is as. I don’t know, they do it, they trash talk, hit late on the whistle.”
“We know we’re going to get stuff after the whistle. We don’t want to be the one that gets caught, because the second person always gets caught. Coach let us know, hey, watch yourself around the piles, they do this after the whistle, just stay level headed and play like champions.”
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, for his part, made no excuses for how his players play.
“People get surprised that somebody might say something mean to somebody on the field. This is football. We’re not playing chess.”
If anything, it’s good to see the Lions are finally relevant enough to have what might be a burgeoning rivalry with the Packers. It’s been long enough, that’s for sure and I’m sure their players have some pent up anger, if not an inferiority complex.
Even though Sunday’s game means nothing for the Packers — the Lions can clinch the No. 5 seed with a win — all the trash talk at least gives them incentive to play hard.