A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
For a team that hasn’t won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, the Detroit Lions sure sound like a confident bunch as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
At least their team’s vice chairman does.
As ESPN.com Lions writer Michael Rothstein wrote Tuesday night, Lions executive Bill Ford Jr., speaking during a charity dinner, had this to say about the Sunday’s game:
“Green Bay’s special and Lambeau Field, there’s a special feeling going into Lambeau,” Ford Jr. said. “Always has been. I hate going up there but when we win this week, it’s going to make it feel a heck of a lot better.”
The Packers have won 22 straight games against the Lions in Green Bay and Milwaukee (where they used to play a couple of home games a season).
Our ESPN.com coverage included the weekly Power Rankings, where the Packers held their ground during the bye week, a look at how a couple of different players viewed the early bye week and another in Rothstein’s series looking into the Lions’ close calls during their long Wisconsin losing streak.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde broke down the Packers’ infrequent use of quarterback sneaks in light of their failed fourth-and-1 run in which rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumbled in Week 3 at Cincinnati, and you can listen to a replay of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ weekly radio show on 540 ESPN Milwaukee.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty talked to an NFL scout who said this about the Lions defensive line: “I’d say there’s a pretty good argument that they’re the best.” Dougherty also wrote a scouting report on the Lions.