- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
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Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!
Well, a little bit less of a roar this morning. Perhaps a hearty yawn.
Sunday was Detroit's worst showing of the season on both offense and defense. The powerful offense that had looked like one of the best in the NFL turned into one that struggled to move without star receiver Calvin Johnson.
The defense was a little more tricky. Detroit did not put as much pressure on Aaron Rodgers as it has other quarterbacks thus far this season. Rodgers was only sacked once and pressured once. Ziggy Ansah played well in spurts, but had a third down penalty to extend a drive leading to points. So did Ndamukong Suh.
The secondary wasn't terrible, either, especially when you consider Chris Houston played at less than 100 percent. But Rashean Mathis and Bill Bentley had pretty good games considering they were facing Rodgers and his group of catch-everything receivers. Bentley also had a third down penalty to extend a drive.
The linebackers were a bright spot as DeAndre Levy appeared to be everywhere, making 14 tackles, including three tackles for loss and Detroit's only pass breakup. Stephen Tulloch had 11 tackles, and considering the Lions were in nickel for the majority of the game, they played strongly again.
Special teams is still getting nothing out of its return game, but Sam Martin is an effective punter, averaging 51.8 yards a punt with a net average of 42.8.
Now a look at the rest of the Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Starting with our coverage from Sunday: The Lions learned exactly how important Calvin Johnson is, and the offensive line had its issues. Some locker room buzz and a rapid reaction. As you might have known, Calvin Johnson was inactive.
And if it wasn't enough, here's colleague Rob Demovsky and I on video discussing a plethora of issues.
Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!Well, a little bit less of a roar this morning. Perhaps a hearty yawn.Sunday was Detroit's worst showing of the season on both offense and defense.