Notebook: Urgency is the name of the game; Delmas' demeanor; Suh gets a sack

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers knows he’s facing a Lions team this weekend that's in a similar situation to what the Packers were in and feeling the same urgency.

The Packers started the season 2-3 before their recent four-game winning streak. They now stand at 6-3 heading into Ford Field this Sunday.

Coming off a loss to the Seahawks on Monday night, the Packers next opponent was an undefeated Texans team, and the possibility of going 2-4 was starring them in the face.

What did they do? They beat the Texans to the tune of 42-24 handing them their only loss of the season thus far.

“We were 2-3 and going into a team that was 5-0 and playing really well and we knew we had to have a good performance and able to,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in a conference call with Detroit reporters Wednesday.

Rodgers knows he’s facing a Lions team this weekend that's in a similar situation and feeling the same urgency.

“I think any time you’re playing a team that kind of has that type of mentality, the backs against the wall potential mentality, you’ve got to factor that in,” he said. “They’re playing at home, their crowd’s going to be into it, it’s going to be loud. There’s going to be a surge early in the game and we’re going to have to play a four quarter game.”

So too are the Lions, which they haven’t been able to do all year.

“There should be a sense of urgency every time you step on the field,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “You only get 16 opportunities every year. You have to take advantage of them. We're taking it one game at a time.

"I know it's cliché to say, but that's all you can do at this point. Go out and try to put a good performance out there on Sunday."

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said a few weeks ago that he can tell when safety Louis Delmas is feeling better because his demeanor changes.

Well, if the way Delmas was jumping around and smiling with teammates before practice and on the side during practice Wednesday is any sign, it seems Delmas is getting closer to returning.

He didn’t practice Wednesday, but both he and Spievey stretched with the team and were over by the defensive backs during drills.

Delmas hasn’t played since injuring his left knee vs. Seattle, the same knee that kept him out of the first four games of the season.

Spievey hasn’t played since suffering a concussion at Chicago Week 7.

“They haven’t been on the field, No. 1, very often individually, but also together,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of his starting safeties. “Philadelphia was one of those times where they were and I thought they did a good job of making plays for us. They’re the guys that started for us last year. But whether it’s them or whether it’s other guys, combination of other guys, whatever it is, the challenge still remains the same.”

The challenge this week is Aaron Rodgers and the potent Packers passing attack. If there were ever a good time for Delmas and Spievey to make a return, it would be Sunday at Ford Field.

Elias Sports Bureau has officially credited Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with a sack in last week’s game at Minnesota.

With 6:57 remaining in the third quarter, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder fell for a 7-yard loss and Suh was the first person to touch him. Originally, it was listed as a run attempt and a tackle-for-loss by linebacker DeAndre Levy, who was the second person to lay a hand on him.

The change gives Suh 4.5 sacks on the season, tied for the team lead with Cliff Avril.

Newly signed cornerback Patrick Lee spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the Packers.

Lee said he would try to give the defense as much information on the Packers offense as he could this week, but he was more focused on learning the Lions scheme and getting ready in case his number is called Sunday.

In terms of learning the playbook, Lee said it’s actually easier to learn during the season than say coming in during the middle of training camp or right before the season begins.

“It’s different now because in training camp you’re learning everything,” he said. “Now it’s just certain things (you have to learn). It’s not the whole playbook. It shouldn’t be too bad.”