Packers vs Lions: The Good, Bad and OK from Week 3

The Green Bay Packers needed to beat the Detroit Lions in the Week 3 NFC North battle. It was the home opener and the Packers had something to prove, especially Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers didn’t do anything spectacular — nothing he hasn’t done before anyway, but he righted the ship. And as much as he said the criticism that came his way last week didn’t bother him, you could tell by his post-touchdown celebrations, that it rubbed him the wrong way.

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Yet, what mattered is the Packers looked like a much different team than the one that lost at Minnesota. Of course, the Lions aren’t the Vikings, but they are a solid team and even though Green Bay almost blew it at the end, a win is a win.

The Good: Aaron Rodgers and the offense

Rodgers hadn’t posted a quarterback rating of more than 100 for 14 consecutive games, but Sunday against Detroit, he would finish with a mark of 129. He was also 15-of-24 for 204 yards and his yards per attempt was over eight.

Rodgers was quick to get rid of the ball and he trusted his receivers. It might have been as simple as Nelson getting healthier, but for the first time all season, Jordy looked like Jordy and Aaron trusted him with the football.

 

And Rodgers looked like Rodgers.

Mike McCarthy also moved the Packers away from their regular 11 personnel, which has been the staple the past few years. He also used Nelson more in the slot, a move that turned out to be highly productive.

So all around, it was a good week of adjustments and bouncing back for the Packers offensively.

The Bad: Second-half defense

For about 28 minutes, the Packers dominated defensively. However, an easy touchdown right before intermission to Marvin Jones and a TD from Matt Stafford to Jones in the fourth quarter, helped keep Detroit in the game.

The defense made one key stop in the fourth quarter when it was a two-touchdown game, but other than that, the effort in the second half left much to be desired.

Though losing Damarious Randall, after already being without Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, Clay Matthews, Letroy Guion and Datone Jones, didn’t help.

The OK: Second-half offense 

If there was one complaint about the Packers offensively, it was their play in the second half. McCarthy got conservative with the play calling and you could tell the rhythm gained in the first half was lost.

However, when the game was on the line, the offense picked up two key first downs, one on a Rodgers scramble and another on a run by Lacy.

When it mattered, the offense got it done, but maybe the game could have been closed out earlier if the Packers had kept the pedal to the medal in the second half.

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