Packers cruise to victory, Lions miss Megatron

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The Packers made a strong statement that they’re still the best team in the NFC North while Calvin Johnson demonstrated in his absence just how important he is to the Lions’ offense on Sunday.

Green Bay’s 22-9 win was notable mostly for the way the Lions’ offense could do absolutely nothing. A David Akers 53-yard field goal gave Detroit its only points before garbage time, and without the threat of Johnson beating the Packers deep, they had little trouble containing Reggie Bush, who finished with just 44 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The Lions’ defense played well early in the game, and Detroit was down only 6-3 at halftime. But in the second half, Detroit gave up big plays including a 67-yard Randall Cobb run and an 83-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones.

If there’s anything from this game to concern the Packers going forward, it’s the fact that four linebackers went down with injuries: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Robert Francois and Brad Jones all left the game. Perry returned to the game, but if the other injuries are serious, that could be a major issue with the Packers’ defense.

But the real story coming out of this game is that while the Packers may be half a game behind the Lions and Bears in the standings, Green Bay is the team to beat in the NFC North. And the Lions couldn’t beat them.

64 responses to “Packers cruise to victory, Lions miss Megatron

  1. One of the Lions starting receivers was signed on Wednesday…enough said. You’re supposed to win your him division games, see ya in Detroit.

  2. wait the lions could not have lost today,I mean they beat the bears last week so that don’t have to win any more right? you would think after the way they talked after that game that was the case. what will swhartz whine and cry about this week?

  3. I’m more concerned about Calvin than the outcome of this game.

    Facing a Packer squad that had an extra week to prepare, missing the number one and two receivers, this is about what I expected. Besides those two long plays this game was pretty close.

  4. Let the lions excuses begin. They may not have had megatron, but they sure had the refs working hard for them. All that and they still got owned. The streak continues with the same lame lions.

  5. Loins look awful, as usual. They will continue to be underachievers as long as jimmy is coaching them. I hope he stays forever.

  6. What’s weird is that people are blaming injuries on this loss, but when Aaron Rodgers went down with a concussion, these same fans claim that it didn’t matter, the Lions would have still won.

  7. ihaterogergoodell says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:25 PM
    Did someone just compare two crappy tackles to the best receiver in football?

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    Right…because Detroit’s starting tackles played so well today? It wouldn’t affect your team if both those players were out and replaced by a 4th rounder and an UDFA? Ok.

    Having Johnson wouldn’t not have changed the fact that Bush couldn’t get anything against Green Bay . Green Bay was using their nickel defense and still shut down the run.

  8. … Indeed , the Pack is indeed back and will be Standing Alone at the Top at the End of the Season !!! … GO PACK GO !!! …

  9. Let the lions excuses begin. The Packers had 5 injuries from the dirty lions and the lions had the refs obviously trying to keep it close. Yet the streak continues and the lions are are still lame.

  10. Would’ve been tougher with Johnson playing, obviously, but no one was crying for the Packers in Cincy when they lost Matthews and Finley and didn’t have a single running back for the last couple of possessions. GB needed this one badly and they got it. Long way to go, but the Pack moved in the right direction.

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 6, 2013 4:29 PM

    It’s odd. Vikings fans were sure the Packers would lose. They didn’t. Perhaps they know very little?
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    I actually picked the packers to win in my league. Not sure who would pick Detroit to win in GB but it wasn’t this Viking fan.

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  12. Let the lions excuses begin. The packers had way more significant injuries than the lions and the lions had the refs working hard to keep them in it. Yet the streak continues and the lions are still the lions

  13. Packer fan here,

    It would have been a totally different game with Johnson playing would have prefered to see how the packers would have made out with him playing.

    See you Thanksgiving.

  14. Actually, the big story coming out of the game is whether GB will have enough linebackers to field a Defense.

    Otherwise, a split by Detroit at home negates this loss altogether.

  15. “Green Bay’s 22-9 win was notable mostly for the way the Lions’ offense could do absolutely nothing.”
    “But in the second half, Detroit gave up big plays…”
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    Was this more of a “we beat ourselves” kind of day for the Lions? Or maybe the Packers EARNED those plays.

  16. GB was favored to win – even when Megatron was scheduled to play. No big deal, GB should win all of it’s home games.

    Det was without Megatron and the broken arm guy – their two top receivers. Yet it was still 3 to 6 at the half.

    The Det offense couldn’t stay on the field long enough for the defense to rest, and they wore out at the end of the game – well done GB.

    GB won their home game, now let’s see of Detroit can do the same on Turkey Day. IF they do, Det is favored to win the division – that defense is for real…

  17. themostlogicalofvoices
    October 6, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
    Before the missing Johnson excuses from Lions fans….Packers are without both starting tackles and their best playmaking DB. Ssshhhhh.
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    I hope you’re not talking about Derek Sherrod.

  18. tokyosandblaster says:

    It’s odd. Vikings fans were sure the Packers would lose. They didn’t. Perhaps they know very little?

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    Either its know very little or know nothing at all. The Packers are now double the win total of the Vikings at the quarter pole of the season.

    Enjoy the NFC North basement

  19. wryly1 says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:31 PM
    Lions QB Stafford did not have one completion to a WR; they were all to backs or TE.

    Have another Beer , Stafford hit his receivers 9 times. Besides the 2 receivers missing, detroit is also down a starting defensive end. Green Bay had more to lose in this game than the Lions. 3 loses and forget any playoffs. Wasnt very impressed with either team today. They are not on Seattles, n.o. or san frans level right now.

  20. Seriously, the refs were terrible. The Lions were grabbing, holding and at times downright tackling receivers before the ball got there and the refs still kept their pink flags in their pockets but when Lacey runs through and over people for a 22 yard gain, they call phantom holding on the Packers. All that, Packers should be concerned about their red zone play against this undisciplined Lions defense.

  21. Having Johnson wouldn’t not have changed the fact that Bush couldn’t get anything against Green Bay . Green Bay was using their nickel defense and still shut down the run.

    Really? Nobody had to account for Calvin and they couldnt stack the box? Having Calvin in changes everything, ask any nfl defensive coordinator. He is the best in the nfl for a reason.

  22. Embarrassing…

    What a Lions way to end the game too, a Lions time out with hardly time left on the clock and the game well out of reach, little Shwartz crying to the referees, then an unnecessary roughness call on SPECIAL TEAMS, only fur the Lions to kneel down and run the clock out.

    Suh/Schwartz/Cunningham all need to be fired for this team to really be playoff team.

  23. There’s no excuses from this Lions fan. Packers were the better team today. Hope both teams are healthy and at full strength when they meet in Detroit.

  24. Can’t use excuses if your best receiver goes down – and no one else can step up, you just need demands….

    DEMAND your dumb GM to go get some depth…. Imagine Megatron’s stats if he has someone to compliment him.

    demand more Dline help so Suh/Fairley/etc aren’t worn out in the 2nd half.

  25. The statement the Packers made is that they can win at home after a bye week against a division rival. Not really a strong statement, but a statement they can win with the schedule advantage. Not really sure how strong that is.

  26. Anyone saying that Detroit would have won with Calvin Johnson in the line up is full of it. There’s no way to know. Between Rodgers’ accuracy, Lacy’s hard-nosed running, and Cobb’s big play ability, it would have taken quite an effort by Johnson to swing the game by the 13 points. I’m not saying it can’t be done, just that it was a tall order, and a completely different ball game. Field positions could have been very different, and there likely would have been more passes by Detroit, meaning a greater opportunity for interceptions or incompletions, making for a longer game. Too many variables to say it would have been a Detroit victory. Green Bay took care of business against a tough Detroit defense. Kudos to the Lions for keeping it as close as they could for as long as they could. The rematch on Thanksgiving should be a good one. GO PACK GO!

  27. buyamericanonly says:
    Oct 6, 2013 5:06 PM
    Having Johnson wouldn’t not have changed the fact that Bush couldn’t get anything against Green Bay . Green Bay was using their nickel defense and still shut down the run.

    Really? Nobody had to account for Calvin and they couldnt stack the box? Having Calvin in changes everything, ask any nfl defensive coordinator. He is the best in the nfl for a reason.

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    They shut down the run without stacking the box. Like everyone else, GB found out Johnson was inactive just before the game started. That’s not quite enough time to change the gameplan you’ve been installing all week. Even the announcers said Green Bay was shutting down the run using the same offense Capers had designed for when Johnson would have been in. Your team just got exposed for how one dimensional they truly are.

  28. Jeez. With all the irrational nastiness here you would think that this was a political forum. While remotely entertaining, it would be a whole lot more interesting if people would discuss facts and voice rational opinions. The simple facts today are: 1. Lions played a better team on the road without their best player. 2. The Lions active roster, outside of Broyles, doesn’t feature ANY WRs that can get any separation or get playing time on any other roster. This is another indictment of management and the coaching staff. 3. Stafford w/o CJ is much worse than CJ would be w/o Stafford. 4. The Lions defense did a decent job of containing the Packers but continue to give up too many big plays and they would’ve been hard pressed to win today even with a healthy CJ. . 5.The NFC Central is largely unimpressive. 6. Sports is supposed to entertain people, not make them nasty.

  29. Exactly what everyone already knew! Without Megatron, Stafford is less than ordinary and Reggie Bush is a journeyman who was basking in huge holes created by Calvin’s presence. Just like 2011, the Lion’s Super Bowl is a victory over the Bears in a meaningless mid season home game.

  30. In the last 10 games against the Lions with Megatron playing the Pack are 9-1. So why should we feel so lucky he wasn’t suited up for this one.

  31. The Lions biggest issue (not counting the Owner WCF) is current GM Martin Mayhew. He was Matt Millens right hand man and has proven to be only marginally better the Matt. His record in the draft speaks for itself. I cant imagine any other team in the NFL where he would still have a job. Who knows what we have in Schwartz playing with what he has been given.

  32. the offense is troublesome. with all that talent how does GB score only 1 TD? I think the coaching is overrated. look at the immediate changes made in New Orleans, Philly and KC with mostly same guys but different coaches. Play calling is stagnant. See Denver and to a lesser extent New Orleans for how this team should be tearing it up.

  33. @gbfb88

    Dude, I’m a packer fan, but its clear you know nothing about football.

    Having Johnson in the game changes EVERYTHING. play calling, ability, QB confidence etc.

  34. @metrocritical –

    FYI – There hasn’t been an NFC Central division in over 10 years… Remember, Detroit won it waaaaaaayyyy back in 1993 (then lost to the Packers in the playoffs)?

  35. Right…because Detroit’s starting tackles played so well today? It wouldn’t affect your team if both those players were out and replaced by a 4th rounder and an UDFA? Ok.

    Having Johnson wouldn’t not have changed the fact that Bush couldn’t get anything against Green Bay . Green Bay was using their nickel defense and still shut down the run.

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    The dropoff from Bulaga being out is not comparable to losing the best receiver in the NFL. The Pack’s tackles weren’t exactly world beaters. The Packers easily shut down Bush because the Lions did not have their top two receivers. Nickel package?!? What? Most teams play in the nickel package anyway. It’s 2013 and a passing league. You can play in that package and still focus on the run. You don’t have to shade safeties over to garbage receivers.

  36. @irishgary

    I’m just going to go ahead and quote myself here:

    “There’s no way to know.”

    “Too many variables to say it would have been a Detroit victory.”

    You are correct, EVERYTHING would change. That’s pretty much EXACTLY WHAT I FREAKING SAID. I also cautioned that the changes caused by having Calvin Johnson in the line up could have also been negative.

  37. hatesycophants says:
    Oct 6, 2013 6:51 PM
    Criticism of Mayhew as GM is unwarranted. You can’t know very much about professional football and post such tripe.

    What I do know is that since Mayhew took over their record is 25-43. Their drafts have left much to be desired. Bottom line, no playoffs this year, Mayhew needs to go.

  38. Man, you packers fans are angry people, GB fans have made about 10 comments about making excuses before anyone even did. My guess is that your responses are so strong because you know.

    You can all talk as much as you want, if CJ plays….it’s a much different game. Do the Lions win? Dunno….GB is a tough place to play, but this game was really close until the third quarter. I have a hard time believing that you sheer awesomeness completely negates one of the best position players in the league.

    The truth is that the difference between the lions and the pack is probably razor thin right now. Rogers having WRs to throw to probably gives you a slight edge…..but you’re not nearly as cool as you think you are.

  39. pappageorgio says: Oct 6, 2013 7:43 PM

    You can all talk as much as you want, if CJ plays….it’s a much different game.

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    Excuse making is for losers. You should leave that stuff to the Viking fans.

  40. Stafford is innacurate and inconsistent, who says he could have even delivered the ball successfully to Johnson anyway? Nice defense by the lions but I can’t see them going all the way, even winning the North would be a fantasy.

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