LIONS INSIDER

AT THE HALF: Megatron's absence felt by Lions offense

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Packers, leading 6-3 at the half, are loading the box to defend against the Lions' run game

The Lions are playing without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson for the first time since Week 17 of the 2010 season. He is sidelined with a knee injury.

And his absence is being felt in the first half.

The Packers haven't shown any fear of the big play and are dedicating an extra safety to the box to stop the run game in most instances. They are playing man coverage on Lions receivers on the outside with a single-high safety.

As a result, the Lions run game has produced just 25 yards in the first half.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford did lead the Lions on a terrific drive right before the half, completing passes of 25 yards to Brandon Pettigrew and 22 yards to Ryan Broyles, which led to a David Akers 53-yard field goal, but those plays were few and far between.

Stafford is 9-of-17 passing for 99 yards in the first half.

The Lions crossed the 50-yard line twice on offense in the first half.

The good news is the defense is playing terrific. The Lions held the Packers to just six points, which is the first time they've done that since Sept. 11 of 2005 (three points) at Ford Field.

Let's see what adjustments offensive coordinator Scott Linehan makes for the second half.