Starter Pack: Josh Sitton's bad timing

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DETROIT – There was nothing wrong with Josh Sitton's rant about the Detroit Lions.

He just picked the wrong time to do it.

The Packers guard should have waited until after the Thanksgiving game here at Ford Field to call the Lions defensive linemen “scumbags” and “dirtbags” and to rip coach Jim Schwartz like he did Tuesday on radio station WSSP in Milwaukee.

In reality, Sitton probably said what a lot of players around the NFL have been thinking about the Lions ever since Ndamukong Suh stomped on Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith two years ago.

But Sitton's words would have probably carried more weight had he done it following the game, especially if the Packers came away victorious. Then Sitton and the Packers could have had the last laugh.

Nevertheless, it added another level of intrigue to this rivalry that has become more and more heated in recent years.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • Despite not getting quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for this game, the Packers should get several other injured starters back. The details are in the injury report.

  • Matt Flynn will make his second career start against the Lions, but his relief appearance against them in 2010 was probably more valuable to him than his record-setting performance in his 2011 start.

  • The Packers made a roster move on Wednesday, and it ended the season of rookie running back Johnathan Franklin (who sustained a neck injury and a concussion against the Vikings). The neck injury is likely what ended his season.

  • If cornerback Sam Shields wants to be viewed as one of the league's elite cornerbacks -- and be paid like one -- he could help himself by keeping Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in check.

  • ESPN.com Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and I broke down the matchup and made our predictions in this week's Double Coverage feature.


  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz wrote that the Packers' struggling defense could be in trouble against a Lions' team that has all of its weapons back.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn wrote that the Packers are in a much more difficult position coming off a short week than the Lions.