Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?
It wasn’t very pretty, but the Lions clawed their way to a win over Green Bay for the first time in ten tries. I’m going to forgo the traditional offense/defense/special teams game balls and just hand them out to the guys that I thought had a standout game regardless of which side of the ball they play.
It’s definitely a lot more fun to give out game balls in a win. Let’s do more of this.
The entire defensive line had an outstanding day (I know, we sound like a broken record), but McBride’s two sacks lead the group. With Kyle Vanden Bosch on injured reserve, the Lions needed someone to step up and fill his void. McBride responded to the challenge by recording his first multi-sack game of the year.
He lead the team in tackles with eight, but his biggest play, and probably the biggest play of the game, came when he dropped back into coverage and picked off backup quarterback Matt Flynn at the end zone. The Packers were poised to take a two possession lead, but Levy’s interception brought the momentum back to Detroit’s side of the field
Lions Running Game
No real individual winner here, but the team had a very effective day on the ground. Seven different Lions (Maurice Morris, Drew Stanton, Jahvid Best, Stefan Logan, Jerome Felton, Calvin Johnson, and Nate Burleson) combined for 41 carries and 190 yards — a 4.6 YPC average. It’s especially important to establish a ground game when you’re down to your third string QB. The Lions simply weren’t going to win this game through the air. Accepting the award for the group is Maurice Morris, he lead the team with 51 yards and a 4.6 yard per carry average.