Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Detroit

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 6, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) defends during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Lions move to 3-2 after a tough Week 5 loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers by a score of 22-9. Green Bay improves to 2-2 with the victory.


Final Analysis

Pass Offense: We knew it would be bad, but this bad? Detroit was completely inept through the air, as Stafford threw for 262 yards and only found the end zone in garbage time. Brandon Pettigrew quietly turned in another solid performance, but overall this was just a tough offense to watch all day. The Lions can survive without Reggie Bush, but not without Calvin Johnson.

Run Offense: Speaking of Bush, he was a complete non-factor in this game. It’s hard to blame him though. Green Bay’s secondary played close to the line of scrimmage all game because there were no real deep threats presented by Detroit. As a result, Bush and Joique Bell combined for just 65 rushing yards on the day and never developed any momentum.

Pass Defense: The pass defense held up extremely well in the first half, but it was only a matter of time before Aaron Rodgers took over this game. After a huge touchdown pass to James Jones, the rout was on. There were moments of decency from members of Detroit’s secondary, but Chris Houston has been a disappointment all year.

Run Defense: This was simply not a great day for the Lions’ run defense. While the front four are usually stout, today they allowed Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb to gobble up yards. Green Bay rushed for 178 yards on the day and asserted dominance on the ground. They dictated the pace and flow of this game.

Special Teams: Sam Martin is doing great things at a position you hate to see on the field. He had six punts for 311 yards on the day, averaging 51.8 yards per punt. David Akers had a great 53-yard field goal. This grade would be really high if only Michael Spurlock were not such a mediocre return man. He had two returns for 40 yards.

Coaching: In reality there is not much that can be done with Calvin Johnson out of the lineup. Detroit relies heavily on him and needs him. No amount of coaching will make Kris Durham or Patrick Edwards consistent and viable options. Still, 0-23 on the road against Green Bay is a tough pill to swallow.

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06:  Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass in front of Joseph Fauria #80 and Kris Durham #18 of the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by
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First-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Take away Calvin Johnson and you are left with a pathetic Detroit Lions passing attack. Stafford has thrown for just 99 yards against a Packers secondary that has struggled this season. The Lions must find ways to spread the ball out and utilize play action in the second half.

Run Offense: The Lions' poor passing game is having ramifications on the ground as well. Reggie Bush has come down to earth with nine rushing yards and Joique Bell only has 16. The entire Detroit offense is a mess right now, but the Lions must commit to the ground game and give these guys chances. Bell and Bush are too good to contain for an entire game.

Pass Defense: The positives for Detroit have come almost solely from the defense. Green Bay has been forced to settle for field goals on two separate occasions and Aaron Rodgers has not taken over this game at all. Rodgers has just 88 passing yards and has seen multiple receivers drop passes already.

Run Defense: Other teams have had one or two big runs to bolster their rushing yards against Detroit, but Green Bay is consistently finding yards courtesy of Eddie Lacy. The rookie running back has an impressive 53 yards on 13 carries and is moving the chains for the Packers. The Lions' main focus has to be Rodgers, but Lacy cannot be overlooked.

Special Teams: It is great to see David Akers hit a lengthy 53-yard field goal away from the comforts of a dome. Other than that, there is not much to report in terms of special teams. Michael Spurlock has two mediocre returns and Sam Martin has already punted on three occasions.

Coaching: The Lions' defensive game plan has kept everything in front of the secondary and prevented Rodgers from dominating with the deep ball. Offensively, the play-calling needs to be adjusted quickly. Detroit is finding no success on the ground or through the air. 114 total yards in a half is simply not acceptable.