Calvin Johnson

Gif Tuesday – The Interception That Lost the Lions the Game

Here is the interception that kept the Packers in the NFC North race. What a bounce to Tampa Bay, I almost feel bad for Matt Stafford here. Then I realized that half of his throws are just tossed up to Calvin Johnson and Johnson makes ridiculous catches!

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Green Bay Takes the Win, but Lose Matthews to an Injury- Week 5 Grades

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

Mason Crosby’s reemergence could be key to the Packers season come December

The Good

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+

The Bad 

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

The Ugly

Clay Matthews gets it done for the Packers defense

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 Beautiful

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.

Up Next

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.

Week 5 Green Bay Packers Preview – Detroit Lions

Sorry for the delay on getting this preview out for week 5 have some family in town. On to the blog…

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The Packers (1-2)  are back from their week 4 bye week and are a lot healthier getting Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley and Morgan Burnett back. The Packers are welcoming the NFC North leading Detroit Lions (3-1) to Lambeau Field, the Lions have not won in Wisconsin is 22 straight games dating back to 1991. The match-up of division rivals is a big game as a win by the Lions would put them up by 4 games in the division over the Packers. This is a must win for the Packers and I think they know it!

Aaron Rodgers is poised for a big after his first multiple interception game since 2009

Aaron Rodgers is poised for a big after his first multiple interception game since 2009

3 Keys to the Game

1. Packers Offensive Line vs Lions Defensive Line. There is no question that the Packers studied the tape hard this week. The Lions have Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah and Nick Fairly and are just a terrifying trio of pass rushers and the Packers have a rookie left tackle and a 1st year starter at right tackle. If the Packers linemen can keep the Lions off Aaron Rodgers the Packers are going to put up a ton of points, but if they can’t then the Lions may end their Wisconsin losing streak.

Can Don Barclay and company keep Aaron Rodgers on his feet?

Can Don Barclay and company keep Aaron Rodgers on his feet?

2. 3rd Down. The Lions defense is #1 in the league in 3rd down defense while the Packers offense has only converted 36% of 3rd down chances. This is a bad match-up for the Packers to get better on 3rd down, but if they can get up to 50% for the game it’ll keep Calvin Johnson on the bench.

3. Calvin Johnson. Johnson owns the Packers, it’s not even fair. Can the secondary slow Johnson down enough to not let this become a shoot out? I am not very confident since the Packers defense ranks 28th in the league and lets up 404 yards per game.

Player of the Game 

Calvin Johnson should put up big numbers

Calvin Johnson should put up big numbers

I’m going with Calvin Johnson here, even if the Lions lose he is still putting up 150 yards and 2 scores. Megatron is an absolute freak of nature and with Diddy doing all his interviews and public appearances what else does Johnson have to do, but workout and get better?

Prediction

Tough match-up here, but I see Matt Stafford throwing one of his bad interceptions and Suh costing the Lions 15 yards with a personal foul. Packers win to keep the streak alive for one more year and inch back into the playoff hunt 37-27.