Lions vs. Packers: Takeaways from Green Bay's 22-9 Win over Detroit
With the Packers leading 6-3 at halftime, it appeared as if this game was going to be one of the worst offensive showings in recent history for these teams. While the Packers eventually went on to win 22-9, it would be safe to say both teams had their struggles offensively.
Even in such an ugly win, there was still plenty to take away from Green Bay's win. Here are the biggest takeaways for the Packers in Week 5.
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The Offense Isn't as Explosive as It Should Be
When it takes over 40 minutes to score your first touchdown of the game, it's safe to say that you're struggling.
The Green Bay Packers were up 9-3 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter before wide receiver James Jones had a long touchdown reception. While the Packers did score 22 points in the game, 16 of those points came from the foot of kicker Mason Crosby.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished the game with 274 yards and a touchdown, but it never appeared as if he got into the groove that Packers fans have come to expect. The ground game also gained a total of 180 yards, but 67 of those yards came on one run by wide receiver Randall Cobb.
It's hard to know what's exactly happened to the Packers offense in the past two weeks, but one thing that's clear is that they aren't as explosive as they should be.
Johnathan Franklin Needs to Hang onto the Ball
Johnathan Franklin had a huge fumble in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He once again put the ball on the ground early this week against the Detroit Lions.
After his fumble this week, Franklin didn't get another carry. He finished the game with three carries for one yard.
While Franklin will likely get another opportunity at some point during the season, he really wasted a chance to become a key member of the Green Bay Packers offense.
Jordy Nelson Catches Everything
It's just becoming ridiculous at this point how good Jordy Nelson's hands are.
When he's not making leaping catches between two defenders, he's making an incredible sideline grab. It has gotten to the point that if you don't see Nelson making an unbelievable reception, then there is probably something wrong.
He remains the No. 1 receiver for the Green Bay Packers due to the fact that Aaron Rodgers can trust him every time he throws his way.
Randall Cobb Is a Special Player
While Jordy Nelson is the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver, Randall Cobb definitely gets the honor as the most explosive receiver on the roster.
Cobb only had four receptions for 35 yards, but one of those receptions was an incredibly difficult one-handed catch between two defenders. There was also the 67-yard run that Cobb recorded in the third quarter.
Simply put, Cobb brings so much versatility and big-play ability to the field that he's becoming one of the most special players in the league. Don't be surprised if he becomes one of the premier receivers in the league by the time the 2013 season is over.
Sacks Galore for Green Bay
It took three games, but the Green Bay Packers finally got some type of pass rush going this week against the Detroit Lions. The Packers had only recorded seven sacks in the three previous games this season, but added five this week.
Outside linebacker Nick Perry recorded two of the five sacks. Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Brad Jones each added one sack to the total.
When the Packers weren't getting Matthew Stafford to the ground, they were still getting a good amount of pressure on him. Considering Stafford finished the game with only 262 yards and an extremely late touchdown, it's safe to say that the Packers defense did a good job with its pass rush.
Whether this defensive outburst was due to the poor play of the Lions offensive line or the emergence of the Packers pass rush has yet to be determined. However, to see this group finally get consistent pressure was great.
Mason Crosby Is Back
Mason Crosby was one of the most disliked players on the Green Bay Packers throughout the offseason. No one could figure out why the team didn't replace him after he hit only 63.6 percent of his field-goal attempts last year.
Well, it once again appears as if the Packers front office is smarter than us all by keeping Crosby on the roster. Crosby hit all five of his field-goal attempts against the Detroit Lions this week and was a big reason why Green Bay came away with the win on Sunday.
He's a perfect 9-of-9 on the season and has been one of the best overall players this year for the Packers.
Injuries, Injuries and More Injuries
Sunday wasn't the best of days for the health of the Green Bay Packers. Few teams have been hit as hard as Green Bay has with injuries, but its game against the Detroit Lions took it to a whole other level.
The Packers lost three linebackers over the course of their Week 5 matchup. First it was Brad Jones, followed by Robert Francois and topped off with Clay Matthews. Jones has a hamstring injury, Francois has a torn Achilles, and Matthews hurt his thumb according to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
While it's unknown how long Jones and Matthews will be out, Francois' injury is obviously a rather serious one. If Jones can't play next week, that leaves third-string middle linebacker Jamari Lattimore as the starter opposite A.J. Hawk.
Simply put, the Packers can't seem to catch a break with their injuries this year. Whenever they get one player back, it seems another goes right back down.
A Good, Not Great Win for the Packers
The Green Bay Packers obviously needed a win this week to get back to .500 on the season, and it's hard to imagine them being too upset about a 22-9 victory. However, anyone who wants to call this a great win for the Packers is mistaken.
For starters, the Detroit Lions offense was without their best player in wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Yes, it's only one player, but anyone who watched this game saw how pitiful the Lions looked on offense without him.
Secondly, the Packers offense never really got it going and had to settle for five field goals over the course of the game. All five of those drives looked promising before completely stalling out.
Overall, the Packers came away with a good win over a division rival. It wasn't a great win, but not every win needs to be great over the course of a season.