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Lions overcome turnovers to lead Packers

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Despite continuing their trend of frequently turning the ball over on offense and failing to take the ball away on defense, the Lions have found themselves leading the Packers.

A Reggie Bush fumble, a Matthew Stafford strip-sack for a touchdown and a Stafford interception provided the Lions with an ugly offensive start, and the Packers took an early 10-3 lead. But once the Lions stopped turning the ball over, they moved down the field effectively and led 17-10. The Lions have gained 340 yards on offense, while the Packers have gained just 43.

Green Bay’s offensive line took a hit when center Evan Dietrich-Smith limped off the field just before halftime with a knee injury. The Packers’ line had been struggling with Detroit’s front four even before Dietrich-Smith left the game, so with him out for the game, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy may have an even tougher time finding holds, and quarterback Matt Flynn may have an even tougher time avoiding the pass rush.

If the Lions can play the same way in the second half as they did in the first — only stop turning the ball over so often — they’ve got a great opportunity to take a big step toward their first Thanksgiving win in a decade, and their first division title in two decades.

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81 Responses to “Lions overcome turnovers to lead Packers”
  1. RedRuffensor says: Nov 28, 2013 2:05 PM

    The Packers are worse than mediocre. The only hope they have is if the Lions shoot themselves in the foot with fumbles and interceptions.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 28, 2013 2:06 PM

    Top 5 QBs in Professional Football – Griffin III, Rodgers, Stafford, Dalton and Brees. In that order.

  3. staffordsyear says: Nov 28, 2013 2:07 PM

    I miss jason hanson.

  4. sgtdiver says: Nov 28, 2013 2:08 PM

    That missed field goal from 30 yards away is exactly why you faked a field goal. Time for him to go.

  5. conormacleod says: Nov 28, 2013 2:09 PM

    Matt Flynn is back! Quick, a Packer fan needs to post the stats from that one good game he had years ago! 0-4-1 without Rodgers, and counting!

  6. johngaltwho says: Nov 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    With Rodgs, I think the Packers win this in a shootout. Without him, the Packers dont belong on the same field as Detroit.

  7. lionsden1317 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    sgtdiver,

    I was thinking the exact same thing…lol.

  8. jhncmpbll says: Nov 28, 2013 2:11 PM

    *holes

  9. dahmergeinteam says: Nov 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    I like the skinny post play in the second half.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Nov 28, 2013 2:15 PM

    For the first time in a long time, I now know what it feels like to be a Viking fan. The Packers are god awful, no defense and almost no chance at winning this game.

  11. dbarnes67 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:15 PM

    Bring back kickalisish

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    The Steelers’ greatness is well-documented. No one has accomplished what we have since the birth of the Super Bowl era. We have just been blessed to have some of the best men on the planet, not just football, leading our franchise.

    This is a first-class organization. Go down the list: we have the best players, ownership, front office, coaching staff, training facilities, trainers, PR reps, stadium, stadium security, waters boys, on and on.

    Notice how when another franchise tried to emulate our approach, they fail entirely. We are truly one of a kind and that’s because we are the very best in the business. We really seem to be from a different breed. It is almost as if Steelers are born into their role, that they find their way here by fate.

    Tonight is just another practice for us, a practice along The March® towards the ultimate goal: 7 rings. The 10-2 run continues, The March® continues. No one believed us, but now you will be forced to submit to our prestige.

    So, here we go Steelers; here we go. Let us continue our Stroll towards the pinnacle.

    Glory, glory steelelujah

  13. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:18 PM

    Im a packer fan and I am so embarrassed of this team. this is waht injuries do. even though the have a lot of players back today. this is waht happens when they dont practice together. this is pathetic. both offensive and defensive sides of the ball. they dont deserve the playoffs this year… big changes are in order. coaching and philosophy.

  14. contra74isloosbuthole says: Nov 28, 2013 2:18 PM

    Wow! The Green Bay defense is truly pathetic. The offense has an excuse without Rodgers but that defense is among the worst I have ever seen take a football field. What are the Lions averaging 10+ yards a play I would bet. Again it is hard to watch they are so bad. It is like a train wreck.

  15. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    I don’t understand halftime shows that are televised.

    Band I’ve never heard of? Check.
    Bunch of kids running around, jumping up and down? Check.
    Kids with flags or just something to flail around? Check.
    Marching band? Check.
    Is it the exact same thing as the precious twenty years? Yes, sir, no change at all. Check.

  16. dukeearl says: Nov 28, 2013 2:23 PM

    Sorry to go off topic, was that Jackie Evancho singing the Anthem?

  17. bucrightoff says: Nov 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    Packers gotta keep it within 8 going into the 4th and the Lions will meltdown for them.

  18. tangysizzl says: Nov 28, 2013 2:26 PM

    Take your shots and have your fun, you’ve waited long enough.

  19. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 2:27 PM

    This Packers team are a bunch of clown shoes.

  20. trapshoot says: Nov 28, 2013 2:29 PM

    This game is pure torture for Packer fans to watch. Very little going right. No defense of any kind and no offense either. Both offensive and defensive lines seem to be on vacation. Gotta blame coaches for lack of prep.

  21. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:29 PM

    I’m surprised they are making Flynn hold the ball for so long. Detroit’s achilles has been QBs who unload the ball quickly.

    It looks like having Ansah back is making a big difference.

  22. lilpuppy says: Nov 28, 2013 2:30 PM

    Sitton maybe instead whining you and your fellow OL’s should have been preparing….can’t open holes for the run and can’t keep your QB upright….nobody including a HS defensive line needs to cheat against you guys

  23. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 28, 2013 2:32 PM

    Sounds like Sitton needs to quit crying and learn to block. Four sacks and counting….

    Go Lions!

  24. asherallencanttackle says: Nov 28, 2013 2:39 PM

    The Packers’ D is atrocious. And so is their offense.

  25. FinFan68 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    sgtdiver says:
    Nov 28, 2013 2:08 PM
    That missed field goal from 30 yards away is exactly why you faked a field goal. Time for him to go.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That kickalicious dude still around?

  26. conormacleod says: Nov 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    Did any of us have any idea how much Rodgers hid their defenses ineptitude? Worst in football.

  27. dahmergeinteam says: Nov 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    We’re losing in the trenches, got to keep digging.

  28. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 2:43 PM

    Flynn to win!! Bahahahahaha!

  29. contra74 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    LOL

    Tell us again how the last time Flynn played the lions translates into a packer win today.

  30. nativeraider says: Nov 28, 2013 2:46 PM

    Is it a record? 4 teams in one year for Flynn?

  31. so1ar says: Nov 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    now a horrible call on Levy. football is going down the crapper

  32. stoney18 says: Nov 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    Turkey Day in Detroit. Oy vey! Best thing so far was the girl who sang the national anthem. Only thing worse than the halftime show is Packers O-line. Will Lions actually win for the first time in 10 years on Thanksgiving Day?
    Poll: How many people mute Buck & Aikman and go for radio?
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  33. contra74 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:01 PM

    Packers, from management to the fans, are just plain pathetic.

  34. duece5 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:01 PM

    well, well, well, ……what do we use here?

    The packers are PATHETIC!!!!

    Hey, whstjusthapd, the packers are WORSE than the Vikings.

    Back to the 25 years of absolute ineptitude for the packers.

    Vikings will absorb this season of misery and cap it off with a new starting QB.

    Even if the packers get Rodgers back, their oline and defense is sooooo pathetic, it won’t matter for years.

    Looking for the Vikes to get their 19th division championship next year, surpassing the packers 11 by over 50%!!!!

    Go Flynn Go!!!!!!!

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 28, 2013 3:02 PM

    Can the Packers win a game without Rodgers?
    Evidently not.

  36. dahmergeinteam says: Nov 28, 2013 3:03 PM

    At least Packers fans are not tasteless. I love ‘em.

  37. contra74 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:04 PM

    Suh with a safety….wow…packers are garbage!

  38. trapshoot says: Nov 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    Flynn has absolutely no offensive line in front of him.

  39. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    8 sacks. Cant stop Suh, cant stop any of em’. Heck, cant even stop a ROOKIE!

    Refs cant bail you out this time.

    Go Lions!!

  40. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 3:08 PM

    Where’s Filthy?

  41. johngaltwho says: Nov 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    Lions are as dirty and classless as ever. The Packers are inept without Rodgers. What an inane comment by Aikman – “might not be any different with Rodgers”. Theres a reason the Lions have never beaten an Aaron Rodgers led Packers team.

  42. lionsden1317 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    A touchdown here puts the game away!

  43. 22much4ken says: Nov 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    McCarthy can soon plan on joining the other Super Bowl winning head coaches in the broadcast booth – he has lost control of this team – BA BYE !!!!!!!!!!

  44. tokyosandblister says: Nov 28, 2013 3:11 PM

    The packers are such a hapless and tasteless franchise.

  45. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 3:13 PM

    No composure. No class.

  46. lionsden1317 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:15 PM

    Game over! Feels good to finally get a win on Thanksgiving. I would rather of had it against Green Bay at full strength but a win is a win.

  47. khmer379 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:15 PM

    Go lions! An am not even a lion fan love seeing the wackers lose haha! As a Viking fan our season been over and as long as the packet don’t make the playoffs it all good! Lol

  48. johngaltwho says: Nov 28, 2013 3:17 PM

    McCarthy has quit

  49. derekczajkowski says: Nov 28, 2013 3:21 PM

    where’s filthy and his excuses

  50. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 28, 2013 3:22 PM

    Green Bay is getting dirty now at 33-10. Trying to take guys out. DIRTY. Stay classy, GB.

  51. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 28, 2013 3:23 PM

    Lions almost overcame 5 last week, but this week’s D didn’t show last week.

  52. stellarperformance says: Nov 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    It’s not fun to watch, but I’ve seen worse Packer teams. They’ll recover from this too.

  53. bowmanj35 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:25 PM

    please fire McCarthy and capers and overhaul this team. it might be a good idea to draft a non bust and sign a free agent more often than once a decade. developing 7th rounders and udfa to play like 4th rounders doesn’t work.

  54. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 28, 2013 3:25 PM

    This week, we’re getting the takeaways and a ton of pressure. Still, we can’t be turning it over again a good team in the playoffs.

  55. 28for20 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:26 PM

    A completely thorough beating of the inept and toothless Packers! Gotta love it!

  56. 28for20 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:29 PM

    40-10. What a laugher!

  57. puntonfirstdown says: Nov 28, 2013 3:31 PM

    Well, I can use my Playoff tickets money for the holidays instead.

  58. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    40-10. Is it over yet? Embarrassing.

  59. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 3:33 PM

    Where’s Dantone Jones? He’s a game changer.

  60. srmyshaq says: Nov 28, 2013 3:33 PM

    Where filthy and tokyosandblaster? Hapless and tasteless idiots have nothing to say?

  61. trollsetter says: Nov 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    5-6-1. Superbowl homeboy.

  62. 6kingswest says: Nov 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    Since he’s nowhere to be found today…let me render a Filthy’ism’, the Packers are delivering a HEROIC performance today!

  63. linemanguy74 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    Play offs what play offs !!!

  64. thejuddstir says: Nov 28, 2013 3:35 PM

    “muskyhunter2542 says:
    Nov 28, 2013 2:18 PM
    Im a packer fan and I am so embarrassed of this team. this is waht injuries do. even though the have a lot of players back today. this is waht happens when they dont practice together. this is pathetic. both offensive and defensive sides of the ball. they dont deserve the playoffs this year… big changes are in order. coaching and philosophy.
    ================================
    I don’t like to get into team bashing but sometimes certain things need to be said. With A. Rodgers/B.Favre at QB the Packers have been a a winning team and whenever “any other player” got hurt Packer fans found it soooooo easy to say, “next man up” because they actually thought their “team” was that good. Fans from every other NFL team would try to tell Packer fans that without those 2 QB’s , the Packers were less than an average team but the fans wouldn’t have any of that. It was always, next man up!! Where has been your “all world claymaker”, “Mr. Raji” etc. etc.? Unfortunately, when Rodgers does come back, the fans will quickly forget that it’s not as simple as “next man up”.

  65. johngaltwho says: Nov 28, 2013 3:35 PM

    Yup. The Packers (my Packers) officially suck. Congratulations Lions fans. Happy Thanksgiving.

  66. lilpuppy says: Nov 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    DET. 563 yards
    GB. 56 yards

    nuff said

  67. thepvyharvin says: Nov 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    I am SO thankful for the Detroit Lions …BEST THANKSGIVING EVER!!!!! Lombardi Losers are all turkeys today….

  68. bigbaldpapahawk says: Nov 28, 2013 3:37 PM

    Go Lions! Do your best against Green Bay’s 3rd String QB!!!!!!!

  69. sikoix says: Nov 28, 2013 3:37 PM

    The best part about 40-10 is knowing the Packer trolls will be quiet for at least a few hours.

  70. usdcoyotesfan says: Nov 28, 2013 3:41 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Nov 28, 2013 3:07 PM

    8 sacks. Cant stop Suh, cant stop any of em’. Heck, cant even stop a ROOKIE!

    Refs cant bail you out this time.

    Go Lions!!
    ———————————————————
    Refs can’t bail us out this time? What do you mean, “this time”?

  71. trapshoot says: Nov 28, 2013 3:44 PM

    Back to the pain of the post Lomabardi years? Probably not, but the certainly looked inept today!

  72. jack3dsd says: Nov 28, 2013 3:54 PM

    I hate Capers he should be gone

  73. vegasgreek says: Nov 28, 2013 4:03 PM

    Capers is a GREAT Coach. He doesn’t have the talent to win . Blame Ted Thompson for that . They never drafted a guy to help out Clay Matthews in 5 years.

  74. thejuddstir says: Nov 28, 2013 4:33 PM

    “In Ted we Trust”, “Next man up”……..how’s that working for you Packer fans. As the rest of us NFL fans have been tying to tell you for years, TT is not a genius and MM is only as good as his QB. If it was as simple as “next man up” as you have thought for years, or that “it’s the system”, then you wouldn’t be cryin’ in your beer right now.

  75. gtodriver says: Nov 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    In Ted, they used to trust.

  76. 22much4ken says: Nov 28, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’m sure we’re going to hear how this loss has left a bad taste in the losers mouths. Anyone surprised by this defense should just go back and watch the last 2 playoff losses and your going to see the same stupid plays and hear the same stupid excuses

  77. perkjctc says: Nov 28, 2013 6:21 PM

    Why is everyone acting like they just realize now that the Packers D is bad? They’ve been horrible for years now, it’s just Rodgers can still put up more points than the D gives up. This is the same D that’s been there for the past 4 years.

  78. Kelly's Chronicles says: Nov 28, 2013 6:25 PM

    Packer fan who tips his hat to the Lions. You whipped us in every phase of the game today. No excuses about Rodgers. It would not have helped. Back to the drawing board here….

  79. patsfan1820 says: Nov 28, 2013 7:21 PM

    Without Rodgers the Green Bay Packers are a horrible team.

  80. mubbcsoc says: Nov 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    I’m so confused as a non fan of either of these teams. I thought Matt Flynn was good and it was Flynn for the win???? Do you mean to tell me that he’s been cut as a back up for 2 years to rookies because he’s bad?!

  81. amazingguy101 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    Shame on bush. He broke a promise. Lol!

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