Matthew Stafford, Lions swell past struggling Packers

The Detroit Lions (4-4) and a Green Bay Packers (4-4) are dual local foes flitting in a night, as Detroit’s prime-time 30-17 victory during Lambeau Field in Week 9 done extravagantly clear. Here’s what we learned:

1. Matthew Stafford is feeling it. The Lions quarterback was zoned in a second uninterrupted week opposite Green Bay, throwing with higher expectation and hold for 361 yards during 11.4 yards per attempt. Unlike in a Lions’ detriment to Pittsburgh, Stafford strike compensate mud during Lambeau, tossing dual dimes to Marvin Jones (7 rec, 107 yards). His penetrating timing with Jones and Golden Tate (7 receptions, 113 yards) was Aaron Rodgers-esque in a harmed QB’s possess building. Behind Stafford’s apt play, Detroit did not try a punt on a evening.

The Lions hold a round for over 36 mins Monday night, frustrating and overpowering a Packers’ defense, that surrendered over 400 sum yards for a third time in 4 games. “We usually s—-ed a bed. Point blank. Period,” Green Bay dilemma Damarious Randall told a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It was usually a miss of coverage, a miss of pass rush, a miss of everything. They usually prosaic out played softened tonight. Period.”

When Stafford is rolling, his offense seems godlike — until it enters a red zone, though we’ll get to that soon. His lapse to MVP form comes during a ideal time for a Lions group that had mislaid 3 true before Monday evening. Sitting during .500, Detroit has games opposite Cleveland, Chicago and Minnesota entrance up. A purify sweep, a illusive outcome if this offense continues to churn, could put a Lions forward in a NFC North by a emergence of December.

2. Stafford’s stellar dusk highlighted all a some-more his miss of foe on a other side of a ball. In his third diversion stuffing in for Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley (245 yards, 6.4 yards per attempt) softened usually marginally on his past singular performances. Early on, a Packers asked Hundley to pierce a slot and get a round into a hands of their faster playmakers (Randall Cobb, Trevor Davis) tighten to or behind a line of scrimmage, though Green Bay struggled to benefit prolific yardage. When asked to mount in, a immature QB was antsy, selecting to hurl behind and out of instead of stepping adult into a pocket. Those counter-productive plays set Green Bay behind all night long. Hundley played best when using a no-huddle, though Green Bay didn’t implement it until it had depressed behind 3 scores in a core of a second half.

Coach Mike McCarthy, for one, was speedy by his quarterback’s performance. “Brett Hundley played softened tonight. we have good faith in Brett. Brett Hundley is not a emanate right now,” he explained to reporters following a game. “There’s some really unilateral statistics. Look tighten during those … on third down, they owned it. You can’t have that opposite in prolongation and win football games. … we suspicion he threw a heck out of a football tonight.”

These are uncharted waters for a Packers, who are though a unchanging deep-ball component and an temperament on offense for a initial time in scarcely 3 decades. McCarthy and Co. have not nonetheless figured out how to pierce a round in a post-Rodgers world, and it won’t get easier for Hundley’s garland opposite a likewise extreme front 7 in Chicago subsequent week.

3. Aaron Jones was a no-show on a biggest theatre of his immature career. Green Bay attempted to float him opposite Detroit’s top-tier run defense, though a rookie (5 carries, 12 yards) was regularly pressed early when he wasn’t used as a fake on designed choice plays for Hundley. Jones hardly saw a margin in a second half. Ty Montgomery, a softened pass-catching back, filled in for 5 rushes and 33 yards, while rookie behind Jamaal Williams scored Green Bay’s garbage-time goal-line touchdown. With an fresh quarterback underneath center, now is not a time for a Packers to examination with their backfield.

4. Detroit’s Wild and Sticky Adventures in a Red Zone continued Monday. The Lions took 4 trips inside a 20-yard line and usually dual finished in six, a softened stat than their oh-fer opposite a Steelers, though still… Their initial tarry resolved with an Ameer Abdullah inexperienced brush in a finish zone. But a second time around, Detroit attempted 3 runs right adult a core from a 1 and was pressed any time, botching an event to go adult 3 touchdowns. Jones reeled in a flattering pass on a Lions’ third try for a game-sealing score. On a final march, Dwayne Washington was pressed and Stafford was deflected during a line before Matt Prater’s final margin goal. Jim Bob Cooter is a sorceress in a core of a field, though a Lions descent coordinator’s play-calling process nearby a idea posts stays an puzzle.

5. Last week, we raved about Detroit’s emerging front seven. This week, a delegate deserves an ovation, namely cornerback Darius “Big Play” Slay and reserve Glover Quin. Slay’s handsy sweeping coverage of Jordy Nelson low could have been regularly penalized, though a dilemma kept a purify piece and close down whatever low round Hundley attempted to pattern when a diversion was competitive. Quin’s assured fourth-down things of Cobb on a jet brush was a many electric defensive play of a diversion and bright his standing as one of a game’s premier safeties. 

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