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
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.
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.
Calvin Johnson: He has everything. Size, speed, possession – he can play the whole game. Big target that uses his body well. has the foot quickness that surprises a lot of people on the short and intermediate routes;
Mikel Leshoure: You have to stop the run – I don’t care who’s back there.
Lions front four: You always appreciated their talent, but I think this is the best I’ve seen that group play. They have depth, talent and the ability to keep rolling those guys in – been very effective for them
Weather: Wind and rain are what I worry about, they have the biggest impact. I’m confident the field will be in great shape to start. We’ll see how much snow we actually get and how the field holds up.
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers playing pure nickel on opening drive – Lions going run-heavy trying to get them out of it. Packers staying firm.
How embarrassing: Zombo gets taken out by a QB…
Zombo schooled by Stafford again, this time on the bootleg.. Let’s bring back Moses, please…
Whoa. DuJuan Harris puts a lick on that DB…
So will this be another game where we watch Rodgers takes nothing but deep drops Can I get a few 3-step drop quick hits to mix it up?
Packers D totally on their heels. No changes from Capers so far . staying in nickel
Heard a crash upstairs… Christmas tree down… lots of broken stuff… cleaned up mess… will re-do tomorrow… catching up on DVR now… dammit…
End of First Quarter: Packers 0 Lions 7
The Farve ornament is a goner…
Lions converting third downs with ease. Simple short passes. Patience patience patience. It’s effective.
Stafford blocking again? Next guy he trys to cut like that needs to show him a forceful knee.
Love Casey Hayward giving Daniels a little tap on the ass on his way to the end zone – urging him along…
Tramon Williams doing the job on Megatron he said he would the last game against Detroit (and didn’t).
Dom Capers is not fooling anyone out there tonight. Lions seemingly calling all the right plays.
McCarthy surprises me by using his timeouts before the end of the half. Thought he would be content to let the half end. Pleasantly surprised, I have to say.
End of second quarter: Packers 10 Lions 14
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – Second Half:
Packers with a steady drive downfield to start the half.
On a quick swing pass, Cobb chooses to run OOB instead of cutting it upfield between his blockers. One thing he still needs to learn…
THE BELT IS BACK…
On 4th down and six at the Lions 44, Rodgers imploring MM to go for it. Packers punt. Lions start from their own ten yard line.
Packers send six players on 3rd and nine and get NO pressure… no, seriously…
Packers blitzes doing nothing but making it easier for Stafford to find an open receiver.
Packers best chance on D is to entice Stafford to throw long.
End of third Quarter: Packers 17 Lions 17
This would be a good time for the Packers to remember to run the ball…
Lo and behold, someone heard me… Alex Green, DuJuan Harris and… Ryan Grant, even… Packers with their second running TD of the game.
Tramon Williams boasted before first Detroit game and got toasted by Megatron. This time he shut up and is doing a great job. Lesson learned, Tramon?
Packers get the ball back after stopping the Lions and go deep on first down. That was a good spot to take a shot downfield (after running so successfully last drive). I wouldn’t have, but I can’t complain…
Will the Packers have to depend on Mason Crosby to make this a two-possession game? Muwahahaha….
And it comes to fruition. Crosby with the kick… Oh my God, it’s GOOD!!!
Nick Fairly took Rodgers down after a pass, with a hand to the face. there could have been multiple penalties on that hit… Not one called… awful.
Good to see Burnett still hitting hard after that ridiculous unnecessary roughness penalty earlier…
I find it laughable how Stafford throws the ball up there sometimes. Between he and Cutler and Ponder, #Packers are in good shape in NFCN
Final Score: Packers 27 Lions 20——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.