Lions give away a winnable game

The Lions were looking to break a 22-year losing streak against the Green Bay Packers today.  Detroit was without Calvin Johnson and the offense suffered without him as they lost to the Pack, 22-9.

Detroit was able to hold the Packer offense in check, allowing five field goals by Mason Crosby but a blown assignment late in the game led to an 83-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to James Jones.  The best defense on that play goes to these Lions fans for denying Jones the Lambeau Leap, that’s about all that went right on this play.

But the biggest problem the Lions had was on the offensive side of the ball.  Without Calvin to worry about, the packers were able to load up the box and keep Reggie Bush in check.  Bush had 13 carries for 44 yards and 4 receptions for 25 yards, while Matt Stafford had 262 yards passing with a touchdown, but was sacked five times.

Aaron Rodgers only had 274 yards and a touchdown through the air, but was efficient in being able to continue drives and make plays when his team needs them.  The solid third-down defense the Lions had last week against the Bears did not show up as the Pack went 7 for 16 on third down.

One of the lone bright spots for the Lions throughout the game was linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy.  The two combined for 25 tackles, 14 for Levy and 11 for Tulloch, while no other Lions had over six.  Levy seemed to make big plays throughout the game while Tulloch silently had his second consecutive double-digit tackles performance.  With all of the positives of the defense focused on the line and criticisms on the secondary, the linebackers have played well so far this year.

So what do you think Lions fans, was this game one that got away, or did the lore of Lambeau continue to curse this team?  Let us know at DetroitSportsBloggers.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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