An elongated losing streak in Wisconsin isn't going to die easily. The Detroit Lions learned that the hard way again last Sunday, as they dropped another road game against the Green Bay Packers 22-9.
This game was notable for the Lions' loss of Calvin Johnson, which had a major effect on the offense. Detroit moves down the rankings, but not that much as writers lament the loss of Johnson, who makes the biggest impact in the league.
ESPN: 12th. Last Week: 10th. As it relates to the struggles of the offense, ESPN references a very important stat while moving the Lions down two spots. Detroit dropped five passes Sunday, which tied an NFL single game high. Calvin Johnson himself has only dropped one in 39 pass attempts. Just another reason he was badly missed this week.
CBS Sports: 12th. Last Week: 9th. Pete Prisco moves the Lions down three spots, while saying the offensive dynamic changed without Johnson in the fold. Without him, he says, they just couldn't get it going. So true, as there was no flow most of the day.
Fox Sports: 9th. Last Week: 6th. Brian Billick says that in the wake of Detroit's 22nd straight loss at Lambeau Field, it is more important than ever that the Lions hold serve at home on Thanksgiving Day. That's true for more than statistical reasons. Perception-wise, the Lions badly need to stop the bleeding on their holiday game, lest the tired complaints from people that they need to be removed from the game.
Pro Football Talk: 10th. Last Week: 7th. Mike Florio, usually trying to be funny, oddly hits the nail on the head perfectly this week. He says without the benefit of Calvin Johnson, the Lions aren't much better than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not funny to Lions' fans, but after nine points and plenty of inconsistency on offense, it's probably true.
NFL.com: 10th. Last Week: 7th. Elliot Harrison takes time to point out Detroit's problems without Johnson, whom he calls the greatest wide receiver since Jerry Rice. How bad was it Sunday from the wide receiver spot? Kris Durham had 30 yards and a touchdown, and that was it. Ryan Broyles has yet to go over 100 yards in a game. Ouch.
Highest Rank: 9th
Lowest Rank: 10th
Their Overall Consensus: The Lions' offense stinks without Calvin Johnson, and the fact that the Lions don't have much to pick up the slack behind him is concerning. Otherwise, considering that, the loss to Green Bay was par for the course. The Lions do have the chance to atone for the loss later in the season at home.
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