If the Packers are to prevail in Detroit today, they are going to have to do it without red-hot QB Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion after getting hit by Lions LB Landon Johnson on an 18-yard scramble and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Rodgers had yet to get it going against the Lions' aggressive defense.
Both offenses scuffled in the first half, with the Lions compiling a substantial time-of-possession advantage. The most impressive plays on offense came courtesy of keepers by both quarterbacks, but Rodgers’ final keeper obviously could prove to be very costly. QB Drew Stanton also ran well for Detroit but was off the mark with most of his passes.
On defense, Packers LOLB Clay Matthews got back into a sack groove in the second quarter with his 12 1/2 sack of the season, and S Charlie Peprah came up with his first career interception. Detroit’s front four did a solid job stopping the Packers offense, registering three sacks despite the absence of DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, who went on injured reserve early in the week.
The second half will be a major litmus test under fire for Packers QB Matt Flynn, who will be getting his first sustained action of the season.