Before the Detroit Lions hosted the Green Bay Packers I proposed five things to watch that might help tell the story. Here is a look back at those five things to see how they played out.
1. First Quarter Score
The Lions have been notoriously slow starters this season so the 3-0 lead was a good sign. It would have been a great sign if the Lions didn’t have to settle for a short field goal. The good often isn’t enough to beat the Packers – the Lions needed the great and didn’t get it.
The Lions couldn’t afford to let Aaron Rodger take as much time as he wanted in the pocket for the most part they did what they needed to do by bringing pressure. Rodgers was sacked three times and pressured several times more
The killer. The Lions turned the ball over four times while forcing just one Packers turnover. To make matters worse, M.D. Jennings returned his interception for a touchdown.
4. Running Game
Mikel Leshoure had his second-best yardage total of the year but it never felt like the Lions were able to turn their relative success on the ground (4.6 yards per carry) into a game-controlling advantage.
5. Return Game
Randall Cobb had a big impact on the game but it wasn’t on special teams. The Lions contained Cobb in four kick off returns and didn’t allow him to return a punt.