On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 7:45 PM CDT Live Packers Family Night - Live Chat

    Packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman invites fans to participate in an in-practice, “Family Night” chat, beginning at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.

  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Tue., Aug. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Wed., Aug. 06, 2014 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

News

Print
RSS

Packers facing early-season drama vs. Lions

Posted Oct 3, 2013


GREEN BAY—This is early-season drama. At 1-2, the Packers will be facing a degree of desperation on Sunday when they host the 3-1 Detroit Lions in the home team’s NFC North opener.

Consider the consequences of both victory and defeat. With a win, the 2-2 Packers could find themselves effectively tied with the Lions and Bears (they host the undefeated Saints) for the division lead at the end of the day. With a loss, the Packers would take a 1-3 record to Baltimore next weekend, and the schedule begins to stiffen.

None of that is lost on the Packers or their fans. They know what’s at stake and they know the Packers hold a 22-game home winning streak against the Lions. It’s high drama. Maybe it’s what Mike McCarthy had in mind when, in the winter of 2011, just a month after winning Super Bowl XLV, he pronounced the Lions as a team to watch in the future.

The future is now for the Lions and Coach Jim Schwartz. Potential needs to become production to reward the patience with which the team was rebuilt following its 0-16 embarrassment in 2008. It’s taken five years to get here. Have the Lions, in fact, arrived? That’s a question they can answer affirmatively with a win on Sunday.

Does the road to the NFC North title still go through Green Bay? That’s the question the Packers would answer affirmatively by beating the Lions. Beat the Lions and nothing will have changed in the NFC North.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Lions.

1. Be strong in the middle—Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley created havoc in last year’s two games between the teams.

2. Come to life on defense—The Packers are 28th in yards allowed and 27th in points allowed and that’s not a winning combination.

3. Run the ball—Eventually, it’ll force that eighth defender up into the box, and then look out.

4. Get it done at crunch time—Both losses are a result of not getting it done at crunch time.

5. Return something—The Packers must improve in their return game. It sure would be nice seeing Randall Cobb streaking down the sideline again.

6. Make it a battle of quarterbacks—Matt Stafford struggled against the Packers last season. He threw a pick-six interception in Detroit and his fumble in Green Bay was returned for a touchdown and was the turning point in a game the Lions led, 14-3.

7. Avoid third-and-one—The Lions are No. 1 in the league in third-down defense.

8. Cover, not rush—The Lions are No. 1 in the league in sacks allowed (only three), and Clay Matthews’ status is still unknown.

9. Make the weather your friend—The forecast is for 50s and rain. The Lions are a dome team.

10. Play with desperation—It’s that kind of a game.

Additional coverage - Oct. 3

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Butler: Signing over Lambeau Leap to the fans

    (1:37) Posted 1 hour ago

    The Green Bay Packers unveiled the newest addition to the Lambeau Field campus, a life-sized Lambeau Leap statue, on Friday, August 1. Hear from former Packers safety LeRoy Butler and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy on the meaning of the statue.

  • New Lambeau Leap statue is unveiled

    (10:11) Posted 1 hour ago

    The Green Bay Packers unveiled the newest addition to the Lambeau Field campus, a life-sized Lambeau Leap statue, on Friday, August 1. Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler was present to honor the tradition he began in 1993, in addition to Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.

  • Defensive backs brace for adjustments

    (2:04) Posted 3 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers as they talk about NFL referees putting an emphasis on rules for the defense.