Monthly Archives: October 2013

Week 5 – Lions @ Packers – What we Learned

 Looking back at Green Bay’s 22-9 victory over the Lions this weekend, many questions arise … like when will the streak end in Wisconsin for Detroit?!  All things aside, I think this is a very different game if Stafford has his full arsenal at WR; then again, GB’s defense is far from healthy.  All things considered, the Turkey day matchup on November 28th between these two will be a slugfest.

Let’s take a look at Detroit.  First of all, what was going on with Fairley and Suh?  I understand Green Bay’s running game has improved but I wasn’t expecting them to put up 180 yards on the ground (I’m aware Ansah was far from healthy).  In addition to stopping the run game, Detroit was only able to get to Rodgers once behind the line of scrimmage.  I thought the secondary and linebackers looked tough all day aside from a few missed tackles and 1 big play to James Jones.  On the plus side, the defense did a great job of buckling down in the red zone, holding Green Bay to 2 field goals on their two redzone trips.

Offensively for Detroit, there’s not a whole lot that can be said about the game when you’re essentially missing 2/3 of your offense.  Green Bay was able to put a decent amount of pressure on Stafford as Detroit’s run game was never able to get going.  Moving forward, I’d like to see Scott Linehan implement more 3 step drops to ease some of the pressure on the o-line and Stafford.  The bright spot for the offense:  Brandon Pettigrew is quickly becoming a big threat at TE, his versatility makes him a pain to matchup with.

Looking at Green Bay’s offense, the biggest concern lies in the redzone offense.  If you’ve followed Green Bay since Rodgers took over then you’ve probably become accustomed to redzone TD passes, however, such has not been the case this year as McCarthy is still trying to figure out his plan of attack when he’s inside the oppositions 20.  Moving forward, I think you can expect to see McCarthy lean heavily on his run game in an effort to limit the hits Rodgers takes.  The o-line only gave up one sack on the day and as mentioned earlier, Green Bay racked up 180 yards on the ground.  Final thoughts on the offense: Taylor and Jones each had costly drops that could’ve easily led to TD’s, Jordy Nelson continues to make incredible catches, Randall Cobb played a big role in the run game and pass game.

Defensively for Green Bay, the biggest story is 52’s thumb, reports are saying he’s probably out for a month.  Thumb injuries to linebackers are extremely debilitating as they really hamper your ability to shed run/pass blockers.  Overall, however, Green Bay’s defense had a great day, the d-line and linebackers dominated the line of scrimmage giving up only 64 yards on the ground and picking up 5 sacks.  I’m going to avoid commenting on the secondary due to the absence of Megatron and Burleson.  My only concern with Green Bay’s defense has been their inability to force turnovers.  Few more thoughts on the defense: Hawk had a solid day, Perry picked up 2 sacks, Francois is lost for the season.

Final thoughts:

  • Mason Crosby went 5-5 on FG’s and connected on a 52 yarder
  • DeAndre Levy is a force at linebacker for Detroit, 3 tfl’s on the day and 14 combined tackles
  • I think Detroit gets back on track next week vs. Cleveland
  • Rodgers will have a big week against the Ravens
  • If James Jones attempted Lambeau leap isn’t on ‘C’mon Man’ tonight I’ll be pissed
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Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Analysis – Week 5

Who would’ve thought that last year’s 4-12 Lion’s would be leading the division heading into week 5 while Green Bay and Minnesota each sit with one win a piece?  Week 5 proves to be a thrilling one as the Lions have a good shot at putting a little distance between themselves and the rest of the division.  Week 5 sees the Lions travel to Lambeau Field to face the well-rested Packers coming off their bye week.

This is a big game for a number of reasons: Green Bay has to avoid falling to 1-3 and Detroit has a chance to jump out to a 3-0 start in divisional play.  The Lions are coming off a big win against Chicago in which the Suh led defense forced 4 turnovers.  Suh and the defensive line had a great day coming away with 3 sacks and one defensive touchdown.  The recipe for success will once again be the play of their front seven when they face Green Bay.  Suh and Fairley will have to be stout and find a way to pressure Rodgers up the middle.  In addition to putting pressure on Rodgers and the passing game, Detroit will have to find an answer for Green Bay’s new found run game.  Green Bay is currently averaging 128.0 ypg on the ground and will look to once again control the line of scrimmage against a strong Detroit defensive line.

Rodgers will be looking to rebound after his lackluster performance against the Bengals in which he threw two picks in a rather forgettable performance.  I expect McCarthy will be using a lot of 3 & 5 step drops and some timely screens in an effort to neutralize the Detroit pass rush.  I’ll be expecting Gunther Cunningham to counter with a mix of coverages on the back end and throw a good number of blitz looks and line stunts at Rodgers (Factoid – Cunningham was born in Munich, Germany in 1946).  If Rodgers is able to get comfortable in the pocket it will be a long day for Detroit.

Detroit has lost 21 straight games in Wisconsin, the last win in America’s Dairyland coming on Dec. 15th of 1991.  Reggie Bush and Megatron will be looking to change that.  When it comes time to stopping Detroit’s aerial attack, Green Bay’s secondary and linebackers are only as good as their pass rush (Clay Matthews).  If Matthews and the D-line are able to consistently get pressure on Stafford then life in the Green Bay defensive backfield will be that much easier … but then there’s Reggie Bush.  Bush is averaging 5.3 ypc on 48 attempts but his real value comes in the passing game.  Bush has racked up 179 yards on 11 receptions and the Detroit offense will continue to find creative ways to get Bush in the open field against the Green Bay defense.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this game turns into a shootout …

Final thoughts:

  • Brandon Pettigrew needs to have a solid day and take attention off of Johnson and Bush
  • Stafford needs to protect the ball and know when to throw it away
  • Detroit needs to establish the run, GB is only giving up 93.3 yards per contest on the ground
  • Detroit is giving up 110.8 ypg on the ground | Starks, Lacy, and Franklin all listed as questionable per ESPN (Lacy was a ‘full-go’ at Monday’s practice, however)
  • Rodgers is very unforgiving to opposing defenses after coming off a loss
  • Finley is doubtful for Green Bay (Concussion)
  • Green Bay leads the all-time series: 93-65-7
  • Weather looks to be in the mid 50’s with minimal chance of rain and 10-15 mph winds (good day for football)

Prediction

  • Green Bay 34, Detroit 28 – Too much Rodgers and too much time to prepare