NOT-SO-GREAT FUFILLING OF EXPECTATIONS
The Lions had so many expectations for second-year receiver
Count Sunday among a growing list of games where Young disappeared for long stretches and failed to make a significant impact.
Young was thought to be that guy before the season. So far, he's had one 100-yard performance this season. He was targeted six times in Sunday's loss to the Packers, finishing with just one catch for 24 yards.
He failed to separate from a defender on a crucial third-down play in the endzone late in the fourth quarter that could have given the Lions a two-score lead and likely ice the game.
True or not, it seems if Young isn't involved in the game early on then his likelihood of being involved late isn't good, either.
That continues to be one of the bigger disappointments for the Lions this season and is one of the reasons the Lions are really missing
INTERIOR D-LINE MAKES PRESENCE KNOWN
Potentially lost in the disappointment of another Lions loss was the play of the interior defensive front.
Making his fourth-career start, second-year defensive tackle
His first sack came at the end of the second quarter and resulted in an 8-yard loss that forced the Packers into a 50-yard field goal try they missed.
He also registered his first-career forced fumble on the Packers opening drive in the third quarter to halt the Packers at their own 17-yard line.
"I thought our pass rush was very good today," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game. "I thought they did a good job of containing a very good scrambling quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
"I thought they did a really good job in the run game. We didn't devote an extra safety to the box very much to stop the run. We had a battle in there every single play and I thought Nick played well. But I think pretty much across the board our defensive line played well. Not well enough to win."
The Packers had their hands full with both Fairley and fellow defensive tackle
The Lions overwhelmed the interior of the Packers offensive line all game.
LET THE REIFF ERA BEGIN
Reiff, who the Lions selected 23rd overall in April's NFL draft, has been used exclusively as an extra lineman in a jumbo package this season.
He was pressed into duty Sunday, with mixed results.
"He's a rookie going into a game," Schwartz said. "I think any team is going to do the same thing. They blitzed to his side an awful lot. (He) got a holding penalty. He's got to be able to hold up. Every player's the same way. Riley's a first-round draft pick - he's a good player. We don't expect any drop-off in the game, but it was his first time playing left tackle. We can always do better."
Reiff looks like he's going to be a good left tackle in this league for a long time, but let's not forget he's a rookie. The Lions felt the loss of the 12-year veteran Backus when he left the game.
RYAN THE RELIABLE
For the season, Broyles has been targeted 18 times and has 15 receptions. Entering this week’s games, he was leading the NFL in receiving percentage.
Since taking over for Burleson after he suffered a broken leg in Chicago, Broyles has proven to be a reliable target for Stafford.
Broyles finished with two catches for 35 yards. That may not jump out from the stat book, but it looks a little better when you consider that Titus Young and tight end
Does it look any better now?