Not Lion At Lambeau
By Wayne Sargent
The Green Bay Packers, coming off a frustrating loss last week at the hands of “The Purple People Eaters”, Mike McCarthy’s Green and Gold sparkled in front of nearly 79,000 Fans at Lambeau Field.
A superb performance by Aaron Rodgers throwing 4 first half touchdowns dominated the Lions defense. Eddie Lacy, with the help of a weak running defense, brought a consistent running game. The running game counted for 48% of the plays called. The defense played a solid game only allowing 10 points in the first half of play. However, cornerback Damarious Randall continued to struggle this week with Lions receiver Marvin Jones. Last week, Randall struggled with Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, one of the attributing factors to the Packer’s loss. Nick Perry had an enormous game complimented by outstanding plays from Jake Ryan, Jayrone Elliott, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones and Blake Martinez.
The Packers defense struggled in the second half, allowing 17 points. Seven of those came with just over 3 minutes left to play when Damarious Randall broke coverage against Marvin Jones, allowing him to score his second and final touchdown of the day. The Packer defense also dropped 3 potential interceptions that may have resulted in points off the play. Mike McCarthy’s conservative offensive play calling attributed to scoring only 3 points in the entire second half of the game.
Aaron Rodgers finished the game with a passer rating of 137.5 completing 15/24 completions for a 205 yards with 4 touchdowns. This was the first time in over 14 games Aaron had a passer rating of over 100. Eddie Lacy had 17 carries for 103 yards, his first game with over 100 rushing yards this season. Jordy Nelson came up big with 6 catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. For the lions, Matthew Stafford completed 28/41 pass attempts for 385 yards and 3 touchdowns. Theo Riddick had 10 carries but for only nine yards. Marvin Jones had 6 catches for 205 yards 2 touchdowns. Time of possession was controlled by the Lions with 35:07 compared to the Packs’ 24:53. The final score: Packers 34, Lions 27.
This weekend the Packers have a Bye going into their next game against the influential NY Giants on Sunday Night under the lights of legendary Lambeau Field.