|Last 3 Games||0-3||-4.8||0-2||2-1||28.0||18.0||446.0||(6)||2.0||31.0||11.7||424.7||(6.2)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.0||10.7||24.3||32:19||25-104||(4.2)||28-46||60.9%||312||(6.9)||70-416||(5.9)||(16.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.1||11||20||31:38||27-114||(4.2)||22-35||61.7%||230||(6.5)||63-343||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Offense Road Games||24.7||7.5||24.3||31:22||26-111||(4.2)||27-42||64.0%||300||(7.1)||69-412||(6)||(16.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||26.2||11.8||20.0||29:46||26-119||(4.6)||23-36||63.1%||235||(6.5)||62-353||(5.7)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.9||10.8||19.6||30:26||28-127||(4.5)||20-33||61.5%||215||(6.4)||61-342||(5.6)||(15.6)|
|Defense Road Games||25.8||10.7||20.8||30:42||27-117||(4.3)||24-37||65.6%||236||(6.4)||64-353||(5.5)||(13.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.7||1.7||-0.4||14-6||41.2%||1-0||28.6%||2-36||(19.5)||3-25||(9.7)||7-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.5||1.4||1.8||13-5||38.5%||1-0||46.6%||2-60||(25.2)||20-2||(9)||6-57|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||0.8||1.5||-0.2||12-4||33.8%||0-0||33.3%||2-35||(21.2)||2-23||(9.8)||8-73|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.4||1.2|| ||13-5||37.1%||0-0||83.3%||3-78||(23.5)||2-20||(10.7)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||52.8%||3-66||(23.2)||20-2||(9.4)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||0.7||1.3|| ||14-5||39.8%||0-0||100.0%||4-91||(22.7)||2-20||(9.1)||6-48|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||0-3||19.0||9.0||355.3||(5.9)||1.3||24.0||18.3||370.3||(6.3)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||24.7||12.9||21.2||30:42||27-104||(3.9)||23-35||67.3%||246||(7.1)||62-351||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.5||10.8||19.9||30:27||27-117||(4.3)||21-35||61.1%||230||(6.6)||62-348||(5.6)||(16.2)|
|Offense Home Games||25.2||14.3||22.0||31:39||28-108||(3.9)||24-36||67.1%||246||(6.7)||64-354||(5.5)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.6||10.8||19.5||29:18||25-115||(4.5)||20-37||55.2%||234||(6.3)||62-349||(5.6)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||11.5||19.9||31:45||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||60.6%||230||(6.6)||62-348||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||18.8||10.5||18.0||28:21||23-113||(4.9)||21-38||56.4%||230||(6.1)||61-343||(5.6)||(18.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||0.5||13-6||43.5%||1-0||28.6%||3-72||(25.4)||2-20||(9.7)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2||13-5||37.2%||1-0||50.4%||3-67||(24.7)||21-2||(9.3)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.5||1.3||0.2||13-6||43.0%||1-0||50.0%||2-66||(26.5)||2-25||(12.7)||6-48|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.3||1.5|| ||14-5||37.6%||1-1||41.2%||2-58||(23.4)||2-7||(4.7)||8-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||52.3%||3-60||(23)||20-2||(8.8)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.2||0.3||1.5|| ||14-5||36.9%||1-0||42.9%||2-63||(25.1)||2-9||(4.7)||8-64|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 19.4, GREEN BAY 21|
|12/9/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2012||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ ST LOUIS||30-20||W||-4||W||45||O||26-70||30-37-332||0||22-108||21-34-246||1|
|11/25/2012||@ NY GIANTS||10-38||L||3||L||50||U||26-116||15-27-201||2||31-147||16-30-243||0|
|12/9/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run. |
|GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make. |
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*Lions-Packers Preview* =======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
It didn't take long, but the Green Bay Packers have returned to the top of the NFC North.
This time, the Packers look to stay there on Sunday night when they host the free-falling Detroit Lions, who haven't won at Lambeau Field since Barry Sanders was starring in their backfield.
The Lions have lost 20 consecutive games in Green Bay, last winning there in 1991.
"It probably (means) more to the people who have been here 20 years than us," Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "We just want to go in there and put a good game together and try to come out on top."
After falling back into second place with a loss to the New York Giants on Nov. 25, the Packers (8-4) drew back into a first-place tie with Chicago on Sunday with a 23-14 win over Minnesota.
"Everything's right in front of us," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "We've got to go win our home games and get a couple wins on the road."
After finishing 27 of 35 for 286 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Vikings, Rodgers will try to improve on his 7-1 mark all-time versus Detroit.
The loss came at Ford Field in 2010 when he was knocked out in the first half with a concussion.
Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in every other game, including the last meeting on Nov. 18 when he threw a 22-yard score to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left in a 24-20 win at Detroit.
It appears, however, that Rodgers will lead a banged-up offense again on Sunday.
Already without right tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip), the offensive line took another hit on Sunday when backup T.J. Lang went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Rodgers has already been sacked a league-high 39 times, three more than all of last season. Detroit sacked Rodgers three times in their last meeting.
Making matters worse, Green Bay is expected to be without second-leading receiver Jordy Nelson after he left Sunday's game in the first quarter with a strained hamstring.
The Packers, though, are hopeful that the signing of Ryan Grant can bolster the backfield, where Cedric Benson (foot) will miss the rest of the season and James Starks (knee) is expected to miss multiple weeks. Grant had 1,000-yard seasons for Green Bay in 2008-09.
The team has struggled to find consistency in the running game, ranking 11th in the NFC with 105.0 yards per game while scoring a league-low three touchdowns on the ground.
"Ryan has great history with us, can kind of step right in," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't see him having any issues getting ready."
Green Bay isn't likely to have any issues moving the ball against a Detroit defense that has allowed 69 points and 960 yards in its last two games.
The Lions (4-8) have lost four straight, dropping the last three at home despite leading in the fourth quarter in each contest.
Andrew Luck was the latest to break their hearts on Sunday when he threw a touchdown pass on the final play to give Indianapolis a 35-33 comeback win.
"This is a tough league for tough people, and we'll find out now who is tough," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said.
Although he won't be making a second consecutive trip to the playoffs, Matthew Stafford continues to put up big numbers. He leads the NFL with 3,742 passing yards after piling up 754 with four touchdowns in the last two games.
Stafford had a huge day in his last trip to Lambeau, throwing for a career-high 520 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-41 loss on Jan. 1.
Unfortunately, Matt Flynn, who played in place of Rodgers (concussion), had 480 yards and six scores.
Calvin Johnson, who had a career-high 244 yards receiving in that game, had another personal best on Sunday with 13 receptions to go along with 171 yards and a TD.
Johnson will try to set an NFL record on Sunday night with his sixth straight game with at least 125 yards receiving.
The Lions, however, will be without receivers Ryan Broyles and Titus Young, who were both placed on injured reserve this week.
Young has been inactive for the last two games after what Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior. Broyles tore his right ACL against the Colts.
Still, Detroit leads the NFC in total yards per game (416.1) after totaling 976 the past two games and faces a potentially hobbled Green Bay defense.
While it's possible Charles Woodson could return from a broken collarbone, Clay Matthews is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a hamstring injury.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 1:48:31 PM EST|