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Detroit Lions’ defense becoming an enforcer behind Ndamukong Suh
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com
The Detroit Lions’ defense might be the very definition of bend but don’t break.
They’re not particularly difficult to move the ball against, ranking 19th in total defense at 378.8 yards allowed per game. But they get off the field as well as anyone, ranking No. 1 in third-down defense (21.3 percent) and No. 5 in takeaways (11).
What’s different this year, that has allowed Detroit to become so effective at snuffing out opponent drives?
OPPOSING VIEW: Packers know they have to contain Lions defensive line to win
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
Green Bay Press-Gazette beat writer Pete Dougherty takes a look at Sunday’s Lions, Packers game
This week’s opposing view comes from Green Bay Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty. He’s been with the Press-Gazette since the late 1980s and became the newspaper’s primary Packers reporter in 1994. In 2000, he was voted Wisconsin sportswriter of the year.
Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz stresses the importance of takeaways
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press
The differential between takeaways and giveaways is a key indicator of success in the NFL.
Lions coaches have preached the importance of takeaways since training camp, and the defense is tied for fifth in the league with 11 takeaways. So it’s no wonder coach Jim Schwartz blew a gasket Friday when a defender didn’t pounce on a takeaway opportunity.
Packers downplay home dominance over Lions
Mike Vandermause – Press-Gazette Media
It was a cold, blustery day at Lambeau Field on Dec. 15, 1991, when the Detroit Lions last beat the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.
“I remember it was cold as all heck,” said James Campen, who was the Packers’ starting center in that game and is now the team’s offensive line coach.
The wind chill was minus-6 as the Lions claimed a 21-17 victory to improve to 12-3 on their way to an NFC championship game berth.
The Packers, meanwhile, fell to 3-12 with the loss in what would be Lindy Infante’s final season as coach.
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