Every week, Packers radio play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee, who also co-hosts the “Pro Football Weekly” syndicated radio show with PFW editor-publisher Hub Arkush, answers three pertinent questions about the Packers.
PFW: I suspect you would agree with me that the Packers would be wise not to take the Lions for granted after they almost caught the Bears with their pants down last Sunday. Obviously, Detroit was a bear in the first Green Bay game this season. Are there any Lions players you believe the Packers must pay particular attention to this Sunday?
Larrivee: The Lions have WR Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew, who bear watching on offense. Defensively, Ndamukong Suh is a force inside and demands double-teams. The entire defensive line was outstanding before (DE Kyle) Vanden Bosch went down, and in the secondary, Louis Delmas is an outstanding safety.
PFW: Rookie RB James Starks was very impressive last week. Were you surprised? Do you see him providing a badly needed impact down the stretch? Is it a reach to think he could do what Ryan Grant did when he came out of nowhere well into his first season in Green Bay?
Larrivee: We didn't know what to expect from Starks, and his contribution in the San Francisco game was a pleasant surprise. He seems to have a nice feel for where to run, which is something not all young backs have. It will be interesting to see if this was a one-game situation, or if he can give the Packers a semblance of a ground game on a regular basis, as he did last week.
PFW: Finally, I had a huge smile on my face driving into work the other day listening to your call of the Donald Driver TD last week. A lot of people thought he might be washed up, but I guess he had other ideas, right? I’m guessing you weren’t all that surprised about what he did.
Larrivee: When healthy, he is still capable of being the Donald Driver of a few years ago. He can perform on a Pro Bowl level, but this season he has been playing through a quad injury that has impacted his production. I talked with him last week, and he told me he was healthy now, and he proved it on that 61-yard TD reception against the Niners.