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Miscues negate Packers' production in Detroit

Green Bay finishes with 389 total yards in loss to Lions

Detroit Lions S Kerby Joseph intercepts an Aaron Rodgers pass in the end zone in the first quarter of Green Bay's 15-9 loss to Lions.
Detroit Lions S Kerby Joseph intercepts an Aaron Rodgers pass in the end zone in the first quarter of Green Bay's 15-9 loss to Lions.

DETROIT – The Packers produced the yards, third-down conversions and explosive plays they were looking for against the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense on Sunday.

But three turnovers and an 0-for-4 run in the red zone prevented all that production from becoming points on the scoreboard during a 15-9 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

The NFC North matchup started promising enough for Green Bay, which moved the ball deep into the Lions' red zone on each of its first two possessions.

However, the Packers' initial 88-yard series ended at Detroit's 5-yard line after Aaron Rodgers' first-and-goal pass was batted up at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Kerby Joseph in the end zone for a touchback.

Green Bay drove even farther on its next possession after Allen Lazard was tackled a yard shy of the end zone following a 47-yard reception. The Packers couldn't push the ball into the end zone, though, as a trick-play pass intended for left tackle David Bakhtiari was intercepted by Aidan Hutchinson on fourth-and-goal.

The Packers made two other red-zone appearances in the second half but came away with only three points off a 25-yard Mason Crosby field goal with 6 minutes, 36 seconds left in regulation.

"(It's definitely) frustrating. We feel like we outplayed them," running back Aaron Jones said. "We moved the ball well but didn't finish in the red zone when we needed to finish. That's how you score touchdowns, in the red zone and get some points. We didn't do that. We have to be better in that area."

The Packers only punted once in the game, converting 6-of-8 third downs in the first half and finishing with 389 total yards to Detroit's 254. Green Bay won time of possession, 34:42 to 25:18.

However, the Lions beat the Packers in the three areas where it mattered most: takeaways (3-1), red-zone efficiency (2-for-3) and goal-to-go situations (2-for-2).

What's more, Green Bay went 1-of-4 on fourth-down tries, including Rodgers' incomplete pass to Sammy Watkins on fourth-and-10 at the Detroit 17 that ended the game.

"Can't keep continuing to beat ourselves," tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "We had a handful of opportunities to win the game, a handful of plays that we should've made – routine plays – so it's all we can do is get back to work and keep a growth mindset about it.

"It's one of those things if you come out and you execute to the best of your ability as a team and you just fall short because the other team made more plays, you can live with that, right? But if you come out and you leave points on the field and the opportunity is squandered, what else can you say about that?"

Jones, who finished with 25 yards on nine carries before leaving with an ankle injury, acknowledged afterwards that this is "very uncharted" territory for a Packers team that hadn't lost back-to-back regular-games under Head Coach Matt LaFleur until this season.

See scenes from the Sunday afternoon matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Nov. 6, 2022.

Sitting at 3-6 now, Jones says the Packers have to treat every upcoming opponent "like it's a playoff game, a must-win." The goal is to just come out playing on fire next week against Dallas.

"I definitely think we can turn it around," Jones said. "We have everything we need in this locker room. I feel like all these guys are capable. We just gotta really nail the details and finish when it comes down to it. And execute in situations that are in our favor."

The Packers' fifth straight loss drops them to 1-5 away from Lambeau Field this year. Green Bay returns home next Sunday against a Cowboys team that's 6-2 and coming off its bye week.

"We've still got some games left," Lewis said. "It's a playoff mentality from here. Can't afford to keep dropping games, so just going to keep chipping away at it. It's all you can do. It's the NFL, at the end of the day. Sometimes things are going to go your way, sometimes it's not. Give Detroit credit, they played 60 minutes and we didn't."


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