The Green Bay Packers improved to 2-2 on the season with a 22-9 win over the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. With the loss, the Lions drop to 3-2 on the season and lost their 23rd consecutive game at Lambeau Field.
The Packers defense was healthy coming out of their bye week, as outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) all returned after suffering injuries early in the season.
The defense allowed a season-low nine points to a Lions' team which did not have their top offensive weapon, as All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson was inactivated before the game because of a knee injury. This season, Johnson has caught 21 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns.
The Packers though did have one significant casualty after the win, as Matthews fractured his thumb in the third quarter. Matthews recorded one sack against the Lions and his status for next week is unknown.
The Lions couldn't find a rhythm on offense on Sunday, as the Packers defense only allowed 286 total yards. The Packers were able to shut down running back Reggie Bush, as Bush recorded 69 total yards of offense. Coming into Sunday's game, Bush had averaged 5.3 yards per carry on the ground. Against the Packers, Bush rushed for only 44 yards on 13 carries (3.4 yards per carry).
The Packers were able to put significant pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as well. Coming into Sunday, the Lions' offensive line had allowed only three sacks in four games, fewest sacks allowed in the league. The Packers though were able to dial-up and put pressure on Stafford, recording five sacks, led by second-year outside linebacker Nick Perry who had two of the five sacks.
Offensively, the Packers weren't as sharp as they'd like to be. With shaky play-calling, the offense scored a season-low 22 points against the Lions defense. The Packers offensive line did a solid job all day protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and paving the way for running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Randall Cobb.
Rodgers completed 20 of 30 passes for 274 and threw one touchdown pass and the offensive line only allowed one sack on the All-Pro quarterback. The Packers were able to break open the game late in the third quarter, as Rodgers completed a 2nd and 15 pass to wide receiver James Jones for an 83-yard touchdown pass, putting the Packers ahead of the Lions, 16-3.
Lacy rushed for a career-high 99 yards on 23 carries, while Cobb had a 67-yard rush in the third quarter. Cobb finished with 107 total yards (72 rush, 35 receiving) against the Lions.
The Packers experienced trouble in the redzone as they didn't score one touchdown on any of their redzone possessions. Packers kicker Mason Crosby though was a perfect 5/5 on field goal tries on Sunday.
Last season, Crosby made only 63.6% of his field goal tries, worst in the NFL. This season, Crosby is 9/9 on field goals through the first four games.
The Packers and Lions both scored six points each in the fourth quarter, as the Packers were able to close the door on the Lions all the way through the finish. In the previous three games, the Packers have been outscored by their opponents in the fourth quarter, 39-7.
The Packers will travel to Maryland to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens (3-2) next week.
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