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.