Packers: Five standout performances from Week 14 win vs. Lions

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Dean Lowry
Green Bay Packers, Dean Lowry (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

4. Dean Lowry

Stat line: 4 tackles, 1 sack

The bad news about the defense is they gave up 24 points to a shorthanded Lions team and showed they still have some holes they have to fill. The good news is they are improving as the season goes along both as a unit and as individual players.

I already touched on Amos and his improvement. Another player who is coming on after two good games in a row is Dean Lowry.

Lowry’s stats aren’t great but they aren’t supposed to be. He’s in there to do the dirty work and take on the big guys up front to free up others to make plays.

He’s done that better over the last few weeks while also adding a couple of sacks along the way.

Lowry was a big reason the Eagles struggled running the ball against Green Bay and did the same against Detroit. In back-to-back games, the Packers defense didn’t give up a 100-yard rusher and also in back-to-back games, Lowry has recorded a sack.

The Packers have now secured a playoff spot. The challenges will be greater, even before we get to the playoffs.

While Christian McCaffrey is unlikely to play this week, the Packers get Derrick Henry next week. If they want to show good improvement, shut down Henry.

Right now there isn’t a whole lot of confidence in the Packers defense, but there are encouraging signs they can turn it around.