Green Bay Packers to defend pride against Detroit Lions
- Updated: October 6, 2013
The Detroit Lions (3-1) roar into Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers (1-2) with a chance to go to 3-0 in the NFC North and take a commanding divisional lead. Kickoff for this contest is at 12 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports.
The Detroit Lions have started strong, averaging 309 yards per game passing (96 passer rating), allowing opponents only a 21.7-percent third-down conversion rate, and forcing 11 turnovers (eight picks and three fumbles).
The Green Bay Packers have struggled in pass defense, giving up 311 yards per game and allowing opposing quarterbacks a rating of 113.They have also given up a dismal 29.3 points per game. They have been without cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Morgan Burnett, and the Washington Redskins racked up plenty of garbage-time passing yards and points in Week 2.
Green Bay is -2 in turnover differential with fumbles and interceptions costing them in close losses against the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers on the road.
On the other hand, Green Bay has excelled in the run game, both on offense and on defense. They are averaging 5.3 yards per carry on the ground while giving up only 3.7 ypc. Fumbles lost and injuries to their running backs have been their Achilles heel so far.
Detroit has struggled against the run, allowing 5.3 ypc. In three different games, Detroit has allowed a touchdown run of 30 or more yards, although they won all three games. Overall, Detroit only has averaged 3.6 ypc offensively, but they have been significantly better in the 2.5 games running back Reggie Bush has been healthy..
Godgers versus the secondary
To say Aaron Rodgers has destroyed the Lions secondary in years past is an understatement.
The Lions did have success with a healthy cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas on the field in 2010 and early 2011 — almost six quarters of scoreless Packers offense — but they haven’t been healthy together since the first quarter of the first game in 2011.
This unhealthy streak may continue with a leg injury to Chris Houston against the Chicago Bears. That leaves veteran Rashean Mathis, rookie Darius Sla,y and nickel corner Bill Bentley to try to stop Rodgers’ quartet of weapons. This does not bode well for Detroit, even if they have only allowed 268 passing yards per game and a 68.4 passer rating.
The safety tandem of Delmas and Glover Quin, which nabbed three picks against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler last week, may have to save the day for Detroit. Rodgers has thrown three interceptions through three games — a surprising number for him. He will get his yards and a few scores, so turnovers will be the key to slowing down Green Bay’s offense.
Silver Rush versus Swiss Cheese
Detroit’s pass rush has been deadly for opponents in 2013, both in getting stops and forcing turnovers. Detroit has accumulated an impressive nine sacks, 18 quarterback hits, and 70 hurries.
Green Bay has struggled in protection, giving up 10 sacks, five hits and 18 hurries. If they can’t correct this, the Silver Rush will consume them.
Battering ram versus brick wall
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has enjoyed excellent protection so far this year. He has been getting rid of the ball faster than any passer in the league as well. Consequently, the Lions have allowed only three sacks (two charged to the offensive line), 10 hits, and 22 hurries.
Countering with seven sacks, five hits, and 26 hurries, Green Bay’s pass rush has been stronger in 2013 and will test the offensive line, particularly if linebacker Clay Matthews III (hamstring) is healthy. Matthews has not played in the last three tilts between these two teams.
It would be incredible if the Lions could steal a win in Green Bay to go to 3-0 in the division, but with Chris Houston out, that is not the likeliest scenario.
Sadly, the infamous streak remains alive at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers takes apart the Lions secondary in a must win-home divisional game. The Packers’ run offense causes the Lions defense problems and the Packers win in a shootout.
Final score: Green Bay Packers 34, Detroit Lions Lions 27
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