Some day, the Detroit Lions will end their road losing streak to the Green Bay Packers. That day was not today as the streak is extended to 23-straight games.
It might be said that this game was lost when the inactives list was released. Calvin Johnson went through pre-game workouts but determined his knee wouldn’t allow him to play. Without Johnson in the lineup, Reggie Bush didn’t have the room to run he has in previous games. Whether he got the ball on a hand off or a pass, there were a couple defenders to meet him in short order.
The Lions needed a threat in the passing game to emerge to take some of the pressure off Bush but it didn’t happen. Kris Durham didn’t make the most of his opportunities and Tony Scheffler had a big third down drop with the game’s outcome still in doubt.
Just a 6-3 Packers lead at the half, the Lions defense had done a good job limited the Packers offense. It was a different story in the second as the Packers started to find big plays, namely an 83-yard touchdown catch by James Jones to put the Pack up 16-3.
While the loss can’t be pinned on the defense, they didn’t do enough to help their struggling offense. The Lions defense has been able to come up with turnovers and big plays so far this year but couldn’t break through with an impact moment against the Packers.