This was one of the most impressive and dominant performances by a Lions team in a long, long time. Detroit dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, often making the Packers look amateurish.
The win pushed the Lions into first place in the NFC North with a 7-5 record, while dropping the Packers into third place at 5-6-1.
Detroit next travels to Philadelphia for a critical date with the Philadelphia Eagles. A win there would give the Lions playoff tiebreaker advantages against both Dallas and Philadelphia, the two teams tied for the NFC East lead at 7-5.
Before we get to the grades, here are some quick notes on my criteria:
- I hold more prominent players to a higher standard. It's a subjective scale based on expectations versus the given opponent.
- Impact plays have a big impact on grades. Touchdowns, sacks, big blocks and turnovers weigh heavily as positives, while missed tackles, penalties and fumbles rack up negative marks.
- These are based on my initial notes from the original broadcast, though this week I was able to watch the game again.
Without further ado, here are the grades...