TIM AND MIKE: Week 5 observations

Holding down the fort: The Lions claimed Romeo Okwara off waivers Sept. 5 because he had a unique skillset and gave them some experience and depth along the defensive line. Ziggy Ansah getting hurt (shoulder) in the second quarter of the first game has thrust Okwara into a major role on defense. Credit him for making the most of that opportunity. He played in 90 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps against the Packers and had a monster game. He recorded two sacks, a forced fumble, three quarterback hits, a tackle for loss and three total tackles. Okwara has three sacks on the year, and has been exactly what the Lions have needed on the edge in the absence of Ansah. – Tim Twentyman

Matthew Stafford, eyes right: Nuances of playing quarterback can go unnoticed because of Stafford's big arm, but a small move tricked Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on an eight-yard TD pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Stafford twisted his shoulders to the right, as if to hit tight end Luke Willson. The safety bit on the fake, leaving Jones wide open in the end zone. (Partial credit to Dan Orlovsky for an alert on this play). – Mike O'Hara

Tackling prowess: Big plays happen in the run game for a number of different reasons. Bad run fits and missed tackles are the two leading culprits. Kind of lost in all the other statistics of the game was the fact that both of Detroit's starting safeties recorded double-digit tackles in the game. Glover Quin had 13 and Quandre Diggs had 10. Obviously, teams don't typically want their safeties having that many tackles, but it's also important that when those opportunities are there, the last line of defense makes the play. Quin and Diggs did that Sunday. – Tim Twentyman

Turnover topics: The result is the same – loss of possession – but good defensive plays that create turnovers are different than mistakes that give the ball away. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was involved in two such plays Sunday. He was stripped of the ball twice from behind while scrambling away from the pass rush, and the Lions recovered both times. Those were good defensive plays, not careless fumbles – Mike O'Hara

Unusual day for Slay: It was an uncharacteristically rough outing for cornerback Darius Slay against the Packers. He was thrown at 12 times and allowed 10 catches for 125 yards and a couple scores. Rodgers had a 149.7 passer rating throwing Slay's way. Davante Adams is a great receiver, but we've seen Slay shut down great receivers in the past. Slay vowed via Twitter after the game he'll be better. I believe him. –Tim Twentyman

Line dance: The Lions' offensive line has held up with Kenny Wiggins starting two games at right guard and getting the majority of snaps at another because of injuries to T.J. Lang. Patching one position is different than last season, when all five positions had changes in starters because of injuries. It's early, but so far so good. – Mike O'Hara

View team photographer Gavin Smith's best stylized photos from the Detroit Lions' Week 5 game vs. Green Bay Packers.

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