TWENTYMAN: Lions blowout Packers, 40-10, on Thanksgiving

Posted Nov 28, 2013

The Lions got back to their winning ways, 40-10, over the Green Bay Packers

One word best describes Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day performance by the Detroit Lions: dominating.

The Lions offense moved the ball at will. The defensive line dictated the play all game. And the Lions got back to their winning ways, 40-10, over the Green Bay Packers.

It’s exactly the kind of performance the Lions needed coming off two-straight losses to Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

The Lions offense recorded 561 yards of total offense to only 126 for Green Bay.

The only reason this game wasn’t more of a blowout was due to the fact the Lions still couldn’t get out of their own way at times with four more turnovers and a missed field goal. That's 17 turnovers in the last five games for Detroit.

The only Packers touchdown was a fumble by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that was picked up by Packers safety Morgan Burnett and returned for a touchdown in the first half.

The Lions also fumbled inside the Packers 10-yard line and missed a field goal on the final play of the first half.

Besides those miscues, they played brilliantly.

Receivers Calvin Johnson, Jeremy Ross and Kevin Ogletree all caught touchdown passes from Stafford. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell added 1-yard touchdown runs apiece.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recorded his first career safety when he sacked Packers quarterback Matt Flynn in the end zone in the final minute of the third quarter.

It was just one of seven sacks for the Lions on the day, with rookies Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor recording two each.

The Lions defense had more sack yards (-37) than Green Bay had rushing yards (24).

In fact, the Lions became the first team since 1933 to hold opponents to 62 rushing yards or less and no rushing touchdowns in six straight games.

The Lions had 30 first downs to the Packers’ seven.

Flynn was just 10-of-20 passing for 139 yards with no touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 51.9.

On the flip side, Stafford completed 22-of-35 passes for 330 yards with those three touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating was 98.5.

His main target on the day was Johnson, who finished with 101 yards on six catches.

Bush finished with 117 rushing yards and Bell had a complementary 94.  The two accounted for 310 total yards.

The victory improves the Lions record to 7-5 on the season and they remain atop the NFC North with four games remaining.