Final Score: Green Bay 22, Detroit 9
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
The Lions clearly missed Calvin Johnson. Green Bay’s linebackers played the run all day and didn’t have to worry about their coverage assignments because the safeties didn’t need to help outside. It fundamentally altered the play-calling for both sides.
- Detroit managed just one sack on the day, and the pass rush was not effective. It was a very quiet day for the defensive tackles. I don't recall Ndamukong Suh being anywhere near a play in the second half.
- Brandon Pettigrew appears to have re-discovered his hands. He was Detroit's leading receiver with 59 yards on four receptions.
- Once again the return units failed to do anything at all positive.
It's important to put the loss in proper perspective. This was a divisional road game, and the Lions played it without both Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, the top two receivers on the team. Green Bay desperately needed a win and they came through.
The Lions are still tied for the NFC North lead at 3-2 thanks to a Chicago loss. The Packers sit one game back at 2-3.
Detroit heads to Cleveland next week with a good chance to improve to 4-2. The Browns lost starting quarterback Brian Hoyer on Thursday night. It will not be an easy win as the Cleveland defensive front is very talented, but getting Calvin Johnson back should certainly help.