Packers vs. Lions – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 22 DET 9

Ndamukong Suh tripping Aaron Rodgers

Ndamukong Suh tripping Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions:  2013 Game 4

Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.



The Packers have have had two weeks to stew and get sick of answering questions about play-calling,  injuries, MM-AR relationship and more. They can take the field today and make all of that go away by playing like the better team.

Some great injury news. Morgan Burnett and Clay Matthews are in, Calvin Johnson is out!

Today’s captains for the Packers: - WR James Jones (offense), DL Ryan Pickett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).


Inactives for today:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
51 LB Nate Palmer
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
86 TE Brandon Bostick
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson

Detroit Lions
13 WR Nate Burleson
17 QB Kellen Moore
25 RB Mikel Leshoure
36 CB Jonte Green
64 G Leroy Harris
66 T LaAdrian Waddle
81 WR Calvin Johnson


Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Bye Week: Pretty much everybody that went into the bye week injured came back, with exception of Casey Hayward.   Our best week of practice.

Work during Bye Week: because of the rules, there isn’t much you can do with the players, so for them, it’s more a chance to go back home, spend time with family, etc. Gives us as a chance on the coaching staff to get ahead of the curve,

Burnett: Every unit has a key communicator. Morgan is the guy to make sure the front end is tied to the back end.  Safety position is like playing QB in a multi-scheme defense like ours.

Calvin Johnson: Big loss. He’someone you’re aware of in every formation. Thought they were doing a great job of playing him out of the slot position.

Reggie Bush: He’s a play maker running and catching the football. Perimeter screens, middle screens, they’re doing a great job with him. Stafford and Bush really compliment each other.

Stafford: Look at his numbers. People tend to overlook him a little. Schematically, he challenges defenses as much as anybody. Very well coached.



Packers Periscope: Eyeing the Enemy (Lions)

The bye has come and gone already, which means the Green Bay Packers have to gear up for a brutal 13-game stretch to close out the regular season.

The Packers needed the off week to regroup from the team’s deflating 34-30 loss in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals as well as to get key players healthy.

Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, James Starks and Jermichael Finley missed either the entire game or a decent amount of it with an injury.  Matthews is saying he is ready to go and both Lacy and Finley have been cleared to play coming off of concussions.  Starks has already been ruled out.

They’re coming back at the perfect time for the Packers as game one of this marathon finish is Green Bay’s first NFC North opponent of the year, the Detroit Lions.   Last week, the Lions defeated the previously undefeated Chicago Bears 40-32 at Ford Field to move to 3-1 which gives them the tiebreaker (for now) over Chicago for first place in the NFC North.

The last time we met

The Packers defeated the Lions for the 22nd consecutive time at Lambeau Field last December, winning the game 27-20.   The game was tied going into the fourth quarter but the Packers were able to pull away putting the team one win away from an eventual NFC North title.

Aaron Rodgers threw for only 170 yards and his sole touchdown of the game was on the ground (and his career long of 27 yards), but Green Bay got some (literally) big help from its defense after defensive end Mike Daniels scooped up a Matthew Stafford fumble and then ran more than half the length of the field giving the Packers an early 14-0 lead that Detroit never recovered from.

Calvin Johnson chewed up the Green Bay defense for 110 yards but was kept out of the end zone and Matthew Stafford threw for 264 yards. It was a classic “bend but don’t break” game for the Packers defense as they forced the fumble from Stafford as well as an interception.

This week in Detroit

The Packers obviously know Detroit well, but this a much different and arguably much better Lions team than the one Green Bay swept last season.



Packers vs. Lions Week 5 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 5: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 1-2 Detroit Lions 41-38
 Someone has to be the black sheep of the group. The Packers defense has had a lot of trouble stopping that one weapon everyone knows they have to stop and I right now have zero confidence in Dom Capers’ group to get it done against both Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. Hopefully they prove me wrong.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 1-2 Green Bay Packers 31-30
My record matches the Packers, which tells you I have a hard time picking against them. I came very close here, as I feel like the Lions are finally playing to their talent level. However, the Packers will pull this one out with, yes, a game-winning TD drive by Aaron Rodgers.
Adam Czech 2-1 Green Bay Packers 31-26
My wife is due to give birth to our first child on Saturday. That means the Packers will win for sure, right?
Marques Eversoll 2-1 Green Bay Packers 34-24
The Lions have enough offensive talent (Bush, Johnson, Bell) to frustrate the Packers defense. But fortunately for the Packers, I don’t see how Detroit’s cornerbacks will adequately match up with Green Bay’s offensive weapons. This could be a big day for Randall Cobb. And Jordy Nelson. And maybe James Jones and Jermichael Finley, too. Packers get a much-needed win.
Thomas Hobbes 1-2 Green Bay Packers 34-27
I’m not predicting a complete points-fest, but don’t expect this to be a defensive battle either.  I think the Lions have the same sort of vibe with the Packers as the Packers have right now with the 49ers, which is no matter what we do, we just can’t beat the Packers at home.  Add to that a overall more healthy team and one that typically doesn’t lose coming out of the bye and the Packers get back to .500 with this one.
Cory Jennerjohn 2-1 Green Bay Packers 34-28


Packers 27, Lions 20: Game Balls and Lame Calls (with Podcast)

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers celebrates his 27 yard touchdown run, the longest of his career

It started out ugly but the Green Bay Packers pulled out yet another early victory and swept the season series against the Detroit Lions with a 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field.

It was a rather unusual win for the Packers.  They gained nearly as many yards on the ground as they did through the air and after 35 consecutive games, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not throw a touchdown pass at Lambeau Field.

The emergence of the running game was the story of this contest, as well as the Packers not panicking after spotting Detroit an early 14-0 lead.  They showed once again that no team handles adversity better than they do and that will serve them well going into the playoffs.  If the running game can continue to grow, then Rodgers will go from being deadly to unstoppable.   A solid Packers rushing attack is the last thing many opponents want to see.

Here are the good and not-so-good performances from the game against the Lions.

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Game Balls

WR Randall Cobb

What else can be said about Randall Cobb that has not already been said?

On a night where the Packers pretty much ran the ball better than they threw it, Cobb was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 107 yards including another incredible one handed grab that has gone from stunning to borderline ho-hum for the budding superstar out of Kentucky.

Once Jordy Nelson returns to health, the Packers will once again be at full strength at the receiver position and with a decent running game possibly now in tow, the Packers very well could be hitting their stride offensively at the perfect time.  If the running game takes some pressure off of Cobb, then look out.

RB Alex Green



Packers vs. Lions – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 27 DET 20

Packers Mike Daniels Fumble Recovery TD - JSOnline.com

Packers Mike Daniels Fumble Recovery TD

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions:

My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.

Inactive for Packers today: CB Charles Woodson, LB Clay Matthews, WR Jordy Nelson, DL CJ Wilson, DL Mike Neal, LB Terrell Manning, RB James Starks

Inactive for Lions today:  DT Corey Williams, S Louis Delmas, WR Lance Long, QB Kellen Moore, OT Corey Hilliard, OT Jason Fox, DE Ronnell Lewis


Game Notes:

The Packers have beaten Detroit  in 20 straight regular season games at Lambeau Field – an NFL record.

The Packers have won 10 straight divisional games – a franchise record.

Thanks to the Vikings win over the Bears today, the Packers have a chance to open a two-game lead (with tiebreaker) over Chicago with 3 games left in the season after tonight.

The Packers have only 4 DL active in this game – expect them to play most of the game in nickel or dime with only one or two DL.

Tonight’s weather at Lambeau: 33 degrees, wind 10mph from the east, 92% humidity, light snow through 9pm CT

It’s snowing at game time. I was at the Seattle playoff snow globe game. What a treat fans at the game are in for tonight.



Mike McCarthy Pregame Show on 620 WTMJ:

Divisional games against same team so close together:  You definitely plan for 2 games before the season even starts, we just stuck to our 2-game plan. We’ll have some wrinkles for them and I’m sure they’ll have some for us.

Ryan Grant: He looked very natural coming back – there have been some terminology changes from last year. He’s comfortable with the game plan and I would not hesitate to use Ryan.

TJ Lang: We’re going to work Lang in pre-game and then come back in and make a decision on him.

Bears loss: I’m sure everyone’s aware of it. Hell, we’ve been here all damn day waiting for this game to start.

Lions record: Very talented football team. they have lost a lot of close game.

Stafford:  I think he has a lot of arm talent. Has great confidence – not afraid to stick it in there on tight coverage.



Packers vs. Lions Week 14 Game Predictions from AllGBP.COM (with Podcast)

Week 14: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 8-4 Green Bay Packers 17-13
Why so low scoring? Forecast in Green Bay is calling for 3-6 inches of snow before kickoff.  Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played in a snow game before so he may be in for a bit of an adjustment.  If it comes down to running the ball, I think a Green/Grant two-headed attack works best
“Jersey” Al Bracco 7-5 Green Bay Packers 34-17
Usually, just when we think we have this team figured out, things change. So that’s what I’m counting on. Call me optimistic,  but I feel like it’s high time for the Packers to break out of their close game rut and have a runaway victory. The only thing that worries me is the weather, but then again, there have been high-scoring games in the snow (Seattle Snow Bowl).
Adam Czech 9-3 Green Bay Packers 27-21
I don’t think thing will be much different than the game a few weeks ago. The Lions D-line will rush hard. Stafford will get hot for a quarter. Rodgers will make a few extra plays. And the Packers win another tight one.
Marques Eversoll 9-3 Green Bay Packers 31-17
The Lions’ front four will give the Packers’ offensive line some problems. And although Green Bay is still playing with its B-team, I think these Packers will bring their A-game on Sunday night mainly because Aaron Rodgers is overdue for a Rodgers-type game. The Pack’s two most impressive performances of the season were in primetime–week two at home against the Bears and week six at Houston. And frankly, I can’t seem to recall what happened in New York two weeks ago in primetime. Blowout.
Thomas Hobbes 8-4 Green Bay Packers 24-14


Game Balls and Lame Calls: Packers 24, Lions 20

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers looks down the field against the Lions on Sunday

It was ugly but when it comes to winning division games, the Green Bay Packers will take any kind of victory.

In their 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions, the Packers made enough plays on defense plus one spectacular Randall Cobb catch late in the fourth quarter to come out on top to go to 7-3 on the season and 2-0 in the NFC North.

The Packers had their issues on offense but the defense was spectacular.   Matthew Stafford was sacked five times and intercepted twice, including one that was returned for a touchdown.  Even without linebacker Clay Matthews, the defense was aggressive and the young players in the secondary came up big when a play needed to be made.

The offense, on the other hand, was another story.   With Bryan Bulaga now out for the year, TJ Lang was moved to right tackle and Evan Dietrich-Smith got the start at left guard.   Their inexperience at their respective positions was evident thanks to multiple holding penalties and quarterback Rodgers often running for his life.

Let’s take a look at the good and the not-so-good from Sunday’s game. There were many standouts, but here are three that played well and three that left room for improvement.

Game Balls

TE Jermichael Finley

We have all been pretty tough on the Packers starting tight end, but to finally be able to put him in the Game Ball part of this column is an absolute thrill.

Finley came up big against the Lions during a game in which the Packers struggled to get in any kind of tempo on offense.  Finley finished the game with three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.  His 20 yard catch and run gave the Packers their first lead of the game and he had a clutch 40 yard catch late in the fourth quarter that helped set up the go ahead touchdown catch by Randall Cobb.

Finley’s issues with his hands and his mouth are well documented.  He was feeling the heat from many fans especially with the big play emergence of Tom Crabtree in the passing game.  Hopefully this game can serve as a springboard to bigger and better things for Finley which would add just one more explosive element to an offense that is not short on weapons.