TWENTYMAN: Lions' offense failed to get going in 22-9 loss at Lambeau Field

Posted Oct 6, 2013

The Lions' offense sincerely missed the play of WR Calvin Johnson in 22-9 loss at Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis -- The Lions were shorthanded Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and it showed.

They were without All Pro receiver Calvin Johnson, who missed the game because of a knee, and the Lions sincerely missed him.

Without the threat of Johnson and the deep play in the passing game, the Packers crowded the line of scrimmage, thwarted the Lions rushing attack and the Lions offense never found an answer in a 22-9 loss.

The Lions entered the game averaging 404.8 yards of offense the first month of the season, but had just 287 on Sunday, and 80 of those came on a late touchdown drive in the fourth quarter with the Lions trailing by three scores.

The league’s fifth-ranked passing offense was held nearly 100 yards below it’s season average.

Defensively, the Lions played terrific for the first 30 minutes holding a Packers offense that came into the game averaging 30.5 points per game (second most in the NFL) to just two field goals

Brandon PettigrewTE Brandon Pettigrew (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

It was the first time the Lions held Green Bay to six points or fewer in a half since Sept. 11 of 2005 (three points) at Ford Field.

The second half, however, was a different story.

A 67-yard run by Randall Cobb late in the third quarter set up a third field goal for the Packers as they took a 9-3 lead.

The backbreaker for Detroit was an 87-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones on the next Packers possession that broke the game open with 46 seconds left in the quarter.

Cornerback Chris Houston, who missed most of practice with a hamstring injury, trailed on the coverage.

The Lions defense gave up 138 yards in the first half and 312 in the second.

Stafford finished the game 25-of-40 passing for 262 yards with a late touchdown to Kris Durham and a passer rating of 89.8.

His leading receiver on the afternoon was tight end Brandon Pettigrew with 59 yards on four catches.

Durham was the teams leading pass catcher from the receiver position with three catches for 30 yards.

Reggie Bush was held mostly in check all day. He finished with 44 rushing yards and 25 receiving.

The Lions fall to 3-2 on the season, and still share a lead of the NFC North division, thanks to New Orleans win over Chicago, but they’ll need to figure out their issues on offense if Johnson’s sore knee is an issue moving forward.