Since I’ve been writing for Lions 360, I usually document a Lions win by stating which offensive players made the difference.
However, today it’s definitely the defense that deserves the credit in the 19-7 victory.
An opening drive fumble recovery by Don Carey opened up the scoring for the Lions. Nick Fairley stripped the ball from Eddie Lacey for Carey to scoop it up and sprint 40 yards for the score.
The Packers’ only score came at the end of the 1st quarter with Rodgers connecting with Quarless for the touchdown. Minutes later, it looked like there was a swing in momentum with Stafford throwing a disappointing pick at the end of a promising drive. With the Pack at the 1 yard line, the defensive line overpowered them to score a safety. Nate Freese kicked 1 of 2 field goals in the 2nd quarter to make the game 12-7 at the half.
The Detroit defense harassed and hurried Rodgers all day. They held him to only 162 yards passing and 7 points, fewer passing yards than he had against Seattle. Eddie Lacey was held to just 36 yards on the ground with Jordy Nelson held to just 59 yards. Both Tulloch and Suh recorded sacks.
Reggie Bush had a solid day against a tough defense with 99 all-purpose yards. His elusiveness and vision provided the spark that the offense needed. With 10:47 remaining in the game, Bush sprinted 26 yards for the score to make it a 2-score game at 19-7.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 22 of 34 for 246 yards and 2 INTs. It was almost a ‘Trent-Dilfer-esque’ performance from number 9 this week. In the post-game press conference, he said, ‘You’re not going to play perfect every Sunday. It’s nice to come away with a win and know you can get a whole lot better.’
But again, the defense deserves the credit, scoring 9 of the points and severely limiting the division rivals. DeAndre Levy continued his Pro Bowl start to the season, scoring the safety points. I also think Darius Slay looks like the long term deal at starting corner. The defensive line man-handled Green Bay all day.
And to finally beat Aaron Rodgers in a full game was a great result for the Lions. Next, the Lions will visit New York to take on the Jets who only just lost to the Packers last week.