Coming off a loss to the Chiefs by a score of 34-30, the Lions sit at 2-1-1 and head to Green Bay to face the 4-1 Packers. Green Bay won their last game at Dallas by a 34-24 score. Detroit is 1-0-1 on the road and the Packers are 2-1 at home. This will be the first divisional game for the Lions, while the Packers look to go to 3-0 in the division.
Detroit is averaging 24.3 points per game compared to 23.8 for the Packers, but Green Bay has a clear edge defensively, allowing only 18.6 points per game as opposed to 23.8 for the Lions. Offensively, the Lions are averaging 388 yards per game and the Packers only 337. However the Lions have been more porous on defense, giving up over 400 yards per game versus 371 for Green Bay.
For the Packers on offense, Aaron Rodgers has steadily guided the ship, throwing for 1307 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, while being sacked ten times. His favorite target has been Davante Adams who has 25 receptions for 378 yards. However, he is very unlikely to participate tonight and did not practice Saturday due to his to turf toe injury. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and his 17 receptions will have to step up if Adams cannot go. Tight end Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allen lead the team with two touchdown receptions each.
Should the Packers wish to grind it out on the ground against the Lions who give up 125 yards per game rushing, Aaron Jones will be the key man. He’s rushed for 302 yards and eight touchdowns. Second on the team in rushing is Jamaal Williams with only 87 yards and 3.3 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Packers have 15 sacks led by Preston Smith’s 5.5. They have seven interceptions with Kevin King pacing with two and six forced fumbles. On special teams, Mason Crosby has converted all 14 extra points and 7-of-8 field goals while JK Scott is averaging a very good 48.3 yards per punt.
When the Lions have the ball, they rely on the arm of Matthew Stafford, who has thrown for 1122 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions. Marvin Jones Jr leads the Lions with 18 catches for 277 yards and Kenny Golladay has burned defenses with four touchdown receptions. Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson has also found the endzone twice.
Kerryon Johnson has rushed for a respectable 251 yards in four games but is averaging only 3.4 yards per carry. He may have better results against the Packers run defense that has been suspect all season.
Defensively the Lions have nine sacks lead by Devon Kennard with three and Christian Jones with two. They have only two interceptions but have created havoc with nine forced fumbles. On special teams, Matt Prater has made 7-of-9 field goal attempts but Sam Martin is averaging a mediocre 42.3 yards per punt.
A win by the Packers at home would put them in very solid position in the division at 3-0 and overall in the conference with a 5-1 mark. A win by the Lions would tighten the division even further. Much like last week against the Cowboys, expect to see a heavy reliance on the running game with WR Davante Adams not playing again.
I was (happily) shocked the Packers beat Dallas, in Dallas. I won’t be shocked if the Packers win or lose against the Lions. My question is how long can they keep winning without Adams.
LaFleur attempted to get Jones and Williams on the field together in a couple of games, against the bears (to many 3 and outs) and Eagles (1st play cheap shot on Williams). Without Adams, and with a healthy Williams it is very possible to see Jones and Williams on the field together for multiple plays against the Lions.
The Lions have ran back a KO this year against the Eagles. The Packers have given up some long kick off returns. Cosby needs to keep the ball away from Detroit’s returner(s).
Kumerow!!!!!! Throw it to Kumerow!!!!
Get Kevin King off the field. He is a huge liability
We can’t…he’s already been crowned.
I believe I have comments from week 1 or 2’s game review that he was going to cost us big. He just looks constantly clueless out here, reacting to everything instead of acting on instinct and piss poorly at that. Alexander had a bad game against a solid reciever in Amari this year I know, but King only did well skill wise this year against a banged up receiver. If Butterball can carve him up like this Russel Wilson or heaven forbid Brady will be delivering us another post season exit story about wasting Rodgers years.
On a plus note at least we have one person over 6’5 that can point the ball, catch it with his hands and deliver physicality after the catch in Lazard. It’s almost like what Graham could do if he wasn’t a little bitch about contact and used his muscles to work instead of flex.
Stiggys half time thought:
Great o line play
Jamal Williams is explosive tonight
This game could be a lot worse
Rodgers deserves a pay raise for throwing to these pile of shit wideouts
Defense really misses savage. King got burned but he doesnt with savage on those plays.
Fuck graham..dropping tds… but more so fuck russ ball…cole Beasley sure would look nice with that cap room
Fuck GMO…all he does is drop shit and fuck up
Benefited from a lot of calls tonight. First time I can remember a game like that in a long time. Rodgers best game of the year. That interception was awful, should have been first and goal at the 1 or 2.
If anyone has this game on dvr, go to the 4th quarter at 10:24 on the clock. Now…i’m not the smartest cat in the litter, so can someone, anyone, please tell me wtf is Billy Turner doing? Is he really helping Kennard by pushing Kennard into Bulaga towards Rodgers?
Even as a Packer fan, if i’m Detroit, i’m plenty pissed off at the zebra for the flag on Flowers. Total bullshit call. That ref should be let go right after the game. High school, ok. But not in the NFL.
After the terrible 1st quarter + a couple of minutes the Packer D only gave up about 85 yards and 9 points in the last 3 Quarters while being put in some bad positions by turnovers.
#10 was bailed out by #12 #13 and #R #LJ and #BJ. Can’t feel bad. Every team has been hosed by officials. Aaron Jones needs to stop listening to people who tell him he’s great. Just play and stop fucking up.
The Green Bay Packers just issued a statement to the Minnesota vikings, simply stating “Your welcome”.
Ugly win, but a W. How many times have the refs screwed the Packers? I do not feel bad for the Lions, it is a game of humans, and humans make mistakes. I liked the grit and determination of this team, without Tae they find a way to spread the ball. Lazard needs more playing time he is a nice surprise.
The Packers were gifted that game I feel, but I am not apologizing. Not after the non call on the Jerry Rice fumbled in the playoff game, not after the fail Mary, not after the two total BS roughing the passer calls last year against CM3. Nope, I am going to grin like a jackass, say “don’t blame the zebras” as I have heard for my whole life, and take a 5-1 record.
Add back to back penalties on takeaways in jerrahs house last week to try and keep the cowboys in it.
Yea…i agree. I’m about as anti blaming the refs as it gets. But damn…..two times? I don’t care if we won, that ref has GOT to go. It doesn’t get much worse than that, short of taking a bribe to fix the game.
I try not to blame refs either, as it could be said that the Lions should have scored TDs instead of field goals and those calls would not even be a discussion. That being said, the Packers are incredibly fortunate. It’s about time that they are on the side of a blatant game altering call.
It is worth discussing officiating around the NFL seems to have gotten worse in the past decade or so. Part of me wonders if that is partially due to bigger, faster players? I feel like some of these plays (not the hands to the face penalties last night, but other things) are happening so fast and they are essentially making judgement/educated guess calls?
This is the right take I’m STILL mad about the rice fumble and the subsequent TO touchdown. And fail Mary is worse than this game by far. Git over it Detroonians
Idk. There were more missed calls. There is a still frame circulating out there where it clearly shows Lazard being down short of the goalline. Maybe the Packers score anyway? Who knows. Also a play where the Packers defense had 13 on the field, and it wasn’t called. The missed PI call. I am calling it like it is. Detroit should be fucking pissed, and that was straight up awful