Lions vs. Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mike McCarthy the head coach of the Green Bay Packers talks with Aaron Rodgers #12 during the NFL game against Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers won their Week 5 battle with the Detroit Lions.

Final Score

Detroit: 9

Green Bay: 22



Final analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Despite getting off to a slow start, the combination of James Jones and Aaron Rodgers helped this Green Bay pass offense move the football downfield. Although it wasn't a banner day statistically, this offense stilled managed to get the job done.

Run Offense: Rushing for 180 yards as a team, it was Green Bay's ground game that dismantled the Lions. Running back Eddie Lacy was incredibly productive for the Green Bay offense, rushing for 99 yards on 23 carries.

Pass Defense: The absence of superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson was a huge reason why the Green Bay pass defense played so well. Outside of a late touchdown pass, the Packers managed to keep Matthew Stafford in-check all game long.

Run Defense: Holding the Lions electrifying rushing attack to just 64 yards was a huge reason why the Packers won today. Dominating at the line of scrimmage, the Packers made sure Reggie Bush had no room to make plays.

Special Teams: It was another quiet day from the Green Bay special teams unit against the Lions. Outside of a big penalty on a second-quarter punt, there really wasn’t much else to talk about from this special teams unit.

Coaching: Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff had a good day against the Lions. Settling for field goals early and putting his faith in the defense, McCarthy coached one heck of a football game.


GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 6:  Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers tries to spin away from Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
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First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Racking up just 83 yards through the air, it was an uncharacteristically slow start for Green Bay's pass offense in the first half. The combination of drops and overthrows slowed down what could have been a big half for this prolific pass offense.

Run Offense: While he wasn’t spectacular, Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy got a ton of work in the first half. Lacy has been an integral part of Green Bay’s offensive strategy, racking up 53 yards on 13 carries.

Pass Defense: Without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson playing for the Lions, the Green Bay pass defense was able to impose their will and hold the Lions to under 100 yards passing in the first half.

Run Defense: Thanks to Calvin Johnson’s absence, the Packers have had the ability to turn their attention to Reggie Bush. Green Bay held the Lions to just 25 yards rushing in the first half by clogging up all of Bush's running lanes.

Special Teams: There wasn’t much to talk about when it came to the Packers special teams unit in the first half. Aside from one costly penalty on a second-quarter punt return that gave the Packers poor field position, the special teams unit was quiet.

Coaching: From a coaching standpoint, the Green Bay defense did a really nice job of slowing down this aggressive Detroit offense. While they didn't score an offensive touchdown, the Packers did manage to utilize the run to balance out their passing game.