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

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) drops back to pass during warmups before the start of a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers lost their Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions.

Final Score

Green Bay: 10

Detroit: 40

Green Bay Packers' Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseD-D-
Run OffenseDD
Run DefenseFF
Pass DefenseB-C
Special TeamsC-C-
vs. Lions Week 13

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Just when you thought the Packers had found a quarterback to help them in Aaron Rodgers absence, backup Matt Flynn turned in a horrendous performance against the Lions. Throwing for 139 yards and one interception, Flynn had major problems seeing the field. But as bad as he played, it wasn’t all Flynn’s fault. Green Bay’s offensive line allowed seven sacks and countless pressures throughout the game.

Run Offense: Rushing for 16 yards on 10 carries, Packers running back Eddie Lacy fell victim to one of the worst offensive performances you’ll see all season. Generating zero push at the line of scrimmage, Green Bay's offensive line gave Lacy no room to operate.

Pass Defense: Even though the Packers’ pass defense managed to create three turnovers and score a defensive touchdown, overall it wasn’t a great performance. Surrendering 330 yards and three passing touchdowns to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Packers struggled to slow the Lions down on just about every possession.

Run Defense: Giving up 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Packers’ run defense was absolutely gashed by Detroit's running backs. Whether it was the 2013 Galloping Gobbler Award winner Reggie Bush or his backup Joique Bell, Green Bay simply had no way of stopping either player.

Special Teams: An overall terrible team effort was capped off by the poor play of Green Bay’s special teams unit. Allowing Lions return man Jeremy Ross to secure great field position on punt returns, the Packers have struggled all season with their special teams play.

Coaching: You can’t give up 561 yards of total offense and expect to win a football game. Even if your team is having issues moving the ball on offense, allowing that much yardage is a complete disaster. Now sitting at 5-6-1, defensive coordinator Dom Capers is going to be under serious pressure to get his defense playing great football once again.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown while playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: In the first half, Matt Flynn and the Green Bay pass offense was non-existent. Throwing for just 45 yards on three completions, Flynn has struggled to see the field. If the Packers offensive line doesn't play better, this game is to going get out of hand in the second half.

Run Offense: Rushing for 13 yards on seven carries, Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy hasn’t had any room to run. Facing a stout Lions defense, Lacy has fallen victim to an overall horrible day from this Green Bay offense.

Pass Defense: Although they gave up 202 yards passing and a touchdown to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Green Bay’s pass defense actually didn’t have a terrible first half. Generating good pressure, Packers linebacker Nick Perry stripped Stafford, which resulted in a defensive touchdown. Add an interception onto that and the Packers have tried their best to contain a lethal Detroit passing attack.

Run Defense: Surrendering 148 yards rushing and a touchdown in the first half, the Packers’ run defense had major problems slowing down any Detroit Lions running back. If not for the big forced fumble on Reggie Bush early in the first quarter, the Lions may have added even more to that huge total.

Special Teams: Former Green Bay Packer return man Jeremy Ross has shredded his old team. Providing the Lions offense with great field position on punt returns, Ross has taken advantage of a weak Green Bay special teams unit.

Coaching: With no answer whatsoever for what the Lions are doing on offense, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers clearly didn’t do a great job of preparing his defense on a short week. Although the Packers generated three turnovers, the Lions have looked unstoppable every time they've touched the football.


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