Thursday, November 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Packers 27, Lions 15
By Kevin Seifert
DETROIT -- A few thoughts after a physical and revealing Thanksgiving game at Ford Field:
What it means: As many thought, the Detroit Lions did indeed provide the Green Bay Packers a tough matchup and proved a legitimate threat to hand them their first loss of the season. But the Packers managed to keep their poise amid the Lions' shenanigans and pulled away in the second half. (James Bond beat Rambo, in other words.) They're now 11-0 for the first time in team history and have won 17 consecutive games, dating back to last year and including the playoffs.
SuhWatch: It's fair to wonder whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will suspend Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after his well-deserved third-quarter ejection. I've already made my thoughts known on the topic, but there is no defending the way Suh kicked Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith and pounded his head into the ground.
RodgersWatch: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished with a passer rating of 120.2. He has now had at least a 110 rating in all 11 games this season, tying the NFL record set by Steve Young in 1994.
Injury report: These division rivals went after each other all game long, and the injury list got long enough that the Lions ended the game with receiver/special teams ace Rashied Davis reprising his role as a cornerback. For the Lions, running back Kevin Smith (leg), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (knee) couldn't finish the game. For the Packers, linebacker Desmond Bishop (calf), guard Josh Sitton (knee) and linebacker A.J. Hawk (calf) all finished the game on the sideline. The Packers finished the game with Robert Francois and rookie D.J. Smith manning the inside linebacker positions.
What's next: Both teams will have a long weekend to recover from this game. The Packers will play Dec. 4 at the New York Giants. The Lions will play that night at the New Orleans Saints.