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I broke down Ndamukong Suh's game earlier, but I neglected to mention the tripping penalty (pictured above). Suh was frequently held, including one play where I noted he was held by two different Packers, but he failed to draw the flags.
Perhaps he's learning to keep quiet and try to earn back the benefit of the doubt. Other than the tripping penalty, another play on which he was blatantly held, Suh kept his emotions in check and kept himself clean on the penalty front.
This might have been Nick Fairley's least effective game as a pro. The only times he showed up in the backfield where on plays where Green Bay allowed him to take himself out of the play by rushing with reckless abandon. An offsides penalty contributed to an early third-down conversion, too.
The rookie end contributed Detroit's only sack of Aaron Rodgers. He also forced a fumble on a tackle for loss on Johnathan Franklin. The Lions ask Ziggy Ansah to make the impact plays, and that's exactly what he did. Again. His star keeps rising, but Joe Thomas will be a major test next week.
There's not much to look at on the stat sheet, but Willie Young was quite active. He blew some run contains, but some of that was the fault of lining up in the Wide 9 scheme and being asked to play inside defense from too far outside. I counted him with three pressures of Rodgers, two of which produced throwaways.
Devin Taylor recorded two tackles in more extensive playing time. He also drew a holding penalty when he torched David Bakhtiari around the corner. I liked his hustle against the run.
It seems like every week we see the same thing from C.J. Mosley; he reliably occupies interior blockers against the run and peels back to make a couple of tackles as the play is going past. That's exactly what he did versus Green Bay. He is what he is, for better or worse.
Other than getting obviously held in the end zone while pressuring Rodgers (it wasn't called), Israel Idonije was once again more notable for being out of position and a step slower than expected. Look for Taylor to keep eating away at his reps going forward.