Lions Den: Week 3 vs. Packers Recap
The Detroit Lions headed into Week 3 looking to bounce back after a loss against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, a game that should’ve been a victory for the Lions on countless occasions. Week 3, however, wasn’t going to be an easier of a task for the Lions as they took on the Green Bay Packers, a team looking to catch its groove after an odd 1-1 start. The Lions certainly weren’t going to make it any easier on themselves, after catching the injury bug & losing RB Ameer Abdullah for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, LB DeAndre Levy out with a quad injury, & DE Ziggy Ansah out with an ankle injury. However, anytime the Detroit Lions & Green Bay Packers meet, fans of both teams can (usually) always expect a good game.
The Packers started off the game with a touchdown to WR Davante Adams on their first drive, a drive that only took a whopping eight plays and three minutes & 30 seconds to score (7-0). The Lions responded with a stalled out drive as the Packers rush defense showed why they’re one of the best in the NFL, but the Lions managed to escape with a 42-yard field goal (7-3).
Lions fans should’ve known Rodgers was going to play like the second coming of Christ this week after sports media during the week dragged him in the mud following Week 2’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings & playing like God is exactly what he did. Rodgers followed up the first drive with a four-play second drive that was capped off by a eight-yard touchdown to WR Jordy Nelson (14-3). Rodgers would follow up on the second drive with a three-play, two-yard two-yard touchdown to TE Richard Rogers (21-3). Stafford would then throw his first interception of the game after TE Eric Ebron missed a, somewhat, routine catch & Green Bay didn’t hesitate on capitalizing with a 36-yard field goal. The bleeding wouldn’t stop there, as Jordy Nelson caught his second touchdown pass of the day after a 17-yard pass from Rodgers (31-3). The brightest note from the first half would come from WR Marvin Jones Jr., my favorite receiver in the Lions receiving core, where he would score a 73-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the second quarter (31-10). One positive takeaway from the first half (there weren’t many), was QB Matt Stafford’s comfortableness with spreading the ball around on passing plays, comfortably passing to the likes of WR Marvin Jones Jr., WR Golden Tate, RB Theo Riddick, & TE Eric Ebron.
The Lions would open up the second half with a great start & a two-yard touchdown to WR Anquan Boldin (31-17), along with the defense holding the Packers to just a field goal (34-17), allowing the offense to respond with a field goal of their own (34-20). After a few more stops by the Lions, Stafford found Jones Jr., again, for a 35-yard touchdown with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but that’s about as close as the Lions would get all day as they would go on to lose 34-27 (1-2).
It wouldn’t be a week in the Lions Den without some ‘Lions-y’ things happening & this week certainly didn’t lack any. Listen up, coaching staff. Someone has to tell WR Andre Roberts to stop taking the ball out on kickoffs when he’s five-yards deep in the end zone. Getting tackled behind the 15-yard line four times is E-NOUGH. Just take the 20-yards, bro. I’ve been relatively calm with TE Eric Ebron so far compared to past seasons, he’s actually catching passes now rather than batting them down like he has been known to do. Though, Stafford’s first interception of the game reminded me why I can’t put too much trust in Ebron as a Lions fan. No defensive back should ever rip the ball out of a TE’s hands for an interception. Never. Ever. Do better, Ebron. Do. Better.
I do want to end this on a positive note, though, because there are two that really stick out to me. RB Dwayne Washington is turning into a reliable back & he even gets a little bit faster after he gets hit the first time, which is always a good thing to see. Also, with Calvin Johnson gone from the Lions roster, I was a bit worried about who the Lions would turn to for big plays. Golden Tate doesn’t have that type of playmaking ability, Anquan Boldin simply just can’t make those plays, & Ameer Abdullah is gone for the season, again. This past Sunday, however, I think us Lions fans found a new receiver we can trust in & he goes by the name of Marvin Jones Jr.
Onto Week 4 vs. Chicago Bears…