Some people will say “no way! They (Detroit) would have won if Calvin Johnson was playing.”
Well recent history would suggest otherwise as Green Bay has tallied 9 wins to 1 loss in recent matchups most of them where Johnson played. And then there’s the counter that the addition of Reggie Bush plus Johnson would have been too much so there should be an asterisk beside that win.
Excuse me, but this is the NFL where it’s survival of the fittest and the Lions knew all week Johnson’s knee was shaky. So with that said a better game plan should have been prepared by Jim Schwartz and his staff.
Nevertheless, it’s time for us to give away some game balls. Here are the Packers I saw that had game-changing performances:
Josh Sitton and Evan Dietrich-Smith
I’m giving a joint ball to these two interior linemen for their successful neutralization of Ndamokung Suh and Nick Fairley. The Packers controlled the line of scrimmage from start to finish. The run game was highlighted by 99 yards from Eddie Lacy but as a unit the Packers finished with 180 yards total. Sitton and Dietrich-Smith were crucial cogs in exploiting Detroit’s weak run defense. Also they helped to keep Aaron Rodgers upright to pick on a floundering secondary. They kept arguably two of the best defensive lineman in the NFL frustrated all afternoon en route to the 22-9 victory.
As I stated in a previous post that the embattled kicker would play a significant role this weekend … he absolutely did. Crosby connected from 26, 52, 31, 42, and 45 yards on Sunday when the Packers’ offense uncharacteristically hit a snag whenever in the red zone. Crosby was called upon and delivered all afternoon to keep shelling out points when the offense was a play or two away from blowing the game wide open. With Crosby’s confidence back and kicking abilities not a question, the Packers were able to keep the Lions down and out for the count.