With Calvin Johnson not playing in this week 5 match-up was enough to give the Green Bay Packers (2-2) a win against division leading Detroit Lions (3-2). The Packers won 22-9 behind five field goals from Mason Crosby.
Mason Crosby’s reemergence could be key to the Packers season come December
1. Mason Crosby. Crosby went 5-5 on field goal chances including one from 52 yards. Crosby only hit 65% of his field goals last season and was involved in a kicker competition during the preseason. Crosby hasn’t missed this season and it looks like the competition got Crosby’s focus back. Have to give it to Mike McCarthy for sticking with his guy. Grade A
2. The running game. Although Eddie Lacy did not run for 100 yards (he was 1 yard short), the team ran for 180 yards on Sunday. The Packers already have 564 yards on the ground this season in only four games and the outlook is looking up. Grade B+
3. Run Defense. The Packers held Reggie Bush and Joique Bell to 64 yards on the ground. With Johnson on the bench Green Bay was able to put an eighth man in the box and control the line of scrimmage. Grade B+
1. Red Zone Work. The Packers were in the red zone two times on Sunday and only came away with two field goals. The Packers need to get in the end zone at least one of those times and also need to get into the red zone more often. After watching the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys game the Packers are going to need to keep up. Grade C+
2. Wide Receivers. Obviously I think the Packers have one of the top receiver combos in the league, but they didn’t get open enough during this game. There was only one catch that was wide open and that was the 83 yard touchdown from James Jones. Aaron Rodgers can make all the throws, but that doesn’t mean McCarthy wants him to make tough throws. Grade C
Clay Matthews gets it done for the Packers defense
Another injury for Clay Matthews is not what the Green Bay defense needs. Nick Perry and Mike Neal really stepped up in Matthews absence and may need to for a couple weeks if Matthews thumb needs surgery. If Matthews doesn’t have to go under the knife he will be able to wear a club cast and play next week. We’ll have to keep an eye on that moving forward.
The offensive line really took care of business. Not only did they help the run game, but they only allowed one sack and one QB hit, both by Ziggy Ansah. Good call by me.
The Packers head to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Packers can move to above .500 for the first this season and get their first road win of the season. A win here can really get the Packers on a roll. Debo Lets Loose will be attending this game so expect a little extra in the preview and week in review.