Packers vs Lions: Gameday First Impressions Unfiltered
Big test for the Packers on the offensive line as Evan Dietrich-Smith gets the start at left guard with Bryan Bulaga on IR. T.J. Lang moves from left guard to right tackle.
Will we see Suh Stomp II: Electric Bugaloo today?
WR Jarrett Boykin, S Charles Woodson, CB Sam Shields, LB Clay Matthews , LB Terrell Manning , TE Andrew Quarless, WR Greg Jennings
S Louis Delmas, DT Corey Williams, DE Ronnell Lewis, WR Brian Robiskie, T Jason Fox, T Corey Hilliard, QB Kellen Moore.
Mike McCarthy on WTMJ pregame:
On benefits of the bye: Bye weeks always beneficial. Team is healthier and has more energy, had extra day of practice.
On Offensive Line injuries: TJ Lang from LG to RT, EDS playing LG.
On cross training: Ability to know multiple positions benefits team, confident in lineup. Battle against Lions D line key to win.
On Missing Matthews: utilizing personnel, get some production out of Dezman Moses. Using any and all healthy linebackers.
On First down defense: Playing with favorable sticks helps control the game.
On playing well in domes under Rodgers: Credit to the players and personnel acquisition.
On Stafford: Can make all the throws, big numbers for a reason. Going to stretch them schematically.
On Tramon vs. Megatron matchup: Both special athletes, won’t resemble last December’s game.
Packers vs Lions—First Half Impressions
Lions get the ball first. Ron Winter the official today.
Two drops by Pettigrew and the Packers get the ball after a three and out.
Starks gets the first carry and makes a good effort to get the first down. He needs to do that more.
Dietrich Smith with a penalty on first drive. Settle down.
Masthay with a perfect punt and it was perfectly played by Jarrett Bush. Pins the Lions at their own 2.
Lions go three and out as their first quarter struggles continue.
Where has this James Starks been? Decisive, making cuts and plowing ahead.
Holding penalties killing Green Bay. One on Sitton and one on Dietrich-Smith (his second penalty of the game).
Packers go for it on fourth and 4 and Rodgers overthrows Cobb. Confidence in Crosby’s leg could be shaken.
Mistakes plaguing Lions too. Megatron with a Finley-esque drop that would have been a big gain.
Packers send the patented three man rush and Stafford makes them pay. 53 yard pass to Johnson.
Stafford rolls out and Morgan Burnett hunts him down. Great play by the safety
Jason Hanson puts the Lions up 3-0. A small victory after the big throw to Johnson.
Rodgers. Oh my. Scrambles out of a sack (he was literally wrapped up) and tosses it to Donald Driver for a first down
First quarter over. 3-0, Lions.
Packers finally try for the first down instead of the home run and it pays off.
Rodgers to….Jermichael Finley? Finley hangs onto the ball and makes a nice run into the end zone. TOUCHDOWN GREEN BAY. 7-3 Packers.
First touchdown for Finley since Week 1.
Lions get the ball back. Casey Hayward just whiffs on the sack and Stafford converts a first down.
Johnson burns Tramon Williams for a 21 yard game. McCarthy chooses not to challenge the catch after a slight bobble by Megatron
Williams get burned AGAIN as Johnson gets the Lions in the redzone. Johnson has three catches for 88 yards so far.
Lions pound Lashoure into the endzone. Non-challenge by McCarthy may have hurt the Packers. 10-7 DET.
McCarthy staying with Starks who is running the ball hard.
Sloppy play so far by Packers offensive line. Another hold. Dietrich-Smith gets blown up on third down and the Packers punt.
Lions get the ball back and the Packers have a stupid pre-snap penalty to give the Lions a first down. Lashoure quickly gets another first down on the following play.
Late hit on Matthew Stafford by Brad Jones gives the Lions another first down. Jones stumbled over Stafford, called anyway. Bad call.
Casey Hayward does it again! Big interception. Rookie having one heck of a debut season.
Then Rodgers gives it right back to Detroit. Horrible throw. You don’t see many of those by Rodgers.
Dezman Moses with a brilliant strip of Stafford. Packers right back where they were when Rodgers threw the interception.
Packers get a first down with Cobb, but then a sack of Rodgers. McCarthy lets clock run and sets up a 50 yard field goal by Crosby. Horrible clock management.
Crosby misses the first attempt wide right as Schwartz ices him. He then goes wide LEFT on the real try.
Halftime. Detroit 10, Green Bay 7.
Packers vs Lions—Second Half Impressions
Packers get the ball to start the second half.
Same ole for the Packers on the first drive. Rodgers sacked, then pressured on next play and coughs up the ball. Heads up play by Jeff Saturday to get the ball back. Packers punt.
Just sloppy play all over for the Packers. Injuries taking their toll or something else?
MD JENNINGS! 73 yard pick six on Stafford. Packers lead 14-10. Hopefully that’s the spark that turns the tide in the Packers’ favor.
Lions get the ball back. Packers defense seems exhausted. Offense on field only once so far in the first half. Field goal here would be a small victory for the Packers.
Holding penalty backs Lions up, but a tipped ball by Morgan Burnett is snagged by Johnson for a touchdown. Wow. 17-14 Lions.
Why Randall Cobb? You are not Donovan McNabb. You can take a knee there. Thankfully not a fumble.
Cobb redeems himself with a big gain on third down.
Beautiful throw by Rodgers to James Jones there. Where has that been all day?
Third quarter over. Packers need a good drive here. 17-14 Lions.
Packers go three and out and Mason Crosby comes on for a 58 yard attempt? Bonkers McCarthy.
Packers line up and Crabtree goes in motion, drawing five yard flag. Not sure what that was about.
Masthay places Lions at their own 7 yard line.
Pass rush finally gets home and Stafford is down for a loss.
Two plays in a row! Dare I say a consistent pass rush?
Short punt gives the Packers the ball at the Lions 44.
Big penalty on Detroit there. Packers moving the ball, first down at Lions 28.
I hate those play calls. 2 yard gain, 1 yard gain. Time to ditch that part of the playbook.
Packers can’t convert. Crosby misses from 38. Think this might be it for him.
Now the Lions start driving down the field. Dagger in the heart of the Packers may be at hand.
Big 3rd and goal coming up. Touchdown—game over, field goal—Still in it.
Incomplete. Field goal unit on. Packers still have a shot, but with a sputtering offense does anyone really think they can pull it off?
Kick is good. 20-14 Lions with 4:25 remaining.
James Starks running hard. Dude came to play.
JERMICHAEL FINLEY with a clutch catch? I give up. I yield to the Mayans.
RANDALL COBB!!!! How did he…..? What? Huh….? WOW! Touchdown.
Packers lead 21-20, defense is up. Hopefully not a situation where they scored too quickly.
3rd and 15. Great breakup by Hayward, despite the three man pass rush.
HAIL MARY BROKEN UP! McMillian with a great play.
Lions still have two time outs so we could see Crosby for a field goal.
Crosby MAKES ONE and the score is 24-20 with :19 left
One last shot for the Lions.
Davon House dropped an INT. :09 left.
Incomplete. :03 left.
Stranger things have happened to these Packers. Play till the zeroes.
Johnson catches it, and promptly laterals it to Jerron McMillian. Game over.
Next up: a trip to New York against the Giants.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke