One of the reasons Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is so difficult to defend is because he’s perfected the back-shoulder throw with his receivers.
Rodgers completed several throws Thursday with Lions corners draped all over his receivers. The back-shoulder throw made those catches possible.
“It’s just a read,” said Lions corner Aaron Berry. “If he sees that you’re on top of the route he’s going to release it so quick and he puts it on the money. It’s a tough play but you have to make it. You win some, you lose some.”
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a few throws Thursday he wishes he had back. Stafford threw three interceptions against the Packers Thursday.
Over the last three weeks, Stafford has thrown nine total.
“The first one, D-lineman didn’t rush, tipped the ball. Clay Matthews made a great play. You know, the second one, they made another great play. I was trying to go to (Brandon) Pettigrew over the middle and the guy jumped way up and made a great (one-handed) pick. On the last one, guy just took it, you know. I thought it was, you know, a good play, he just made a better one.
Stafford finished 32-of-45 passing for 276 yards with a touchdown and those three interceptions. His quarterback rating was 66.5.
More than the interceptions, though, it was a few missed passes early on that halted a couple good drives.
With three added to their total Thursday, the Packers now have 22 interceptions for the Packers, which leads the league.
The boo birds were out at Ford Field when coach Jim Schwartz decided not be aggressive at the end of the first half and put points on the board.
The Lions got the ball at their own 29-yard line with 30 seconds remaining and one timeout.
Stafford completed two short passes to running back Maurice Morris and time ran out on the half.
“We were trying to get it to midfield so we could take a shot at the endzone and we were just a little slow getting it,” Schwartz said. “There was one second left when we called our timeout, but if it was a little bit quicker, we would have been able to get that shot from half-field. Thirty seconds, one timeout – not a whole lot of time there.
“We were able to make one play in there, try to get up on the ball quick and try to put ourselves in position to try and take a shot. If we had completed a long one, we needed that timeout to be able to get a field goal on the field. We just needed our operation to be a little bit quicker on the other stuff and that was difficult because our receivers were down the field when we were checking it down to the back based on the coverage.
“But, obviously, they knew it was 30 seconds also and they weren’t going to allow us to be aggressive in that situation. It’s one thing for us to want to be aggressive; it’s another thing for the defense to say … they know there’s 30 seconds and we have one timeout.”
Safety Amari Spievey bounced back nicely Thursday after a terrible game against the Panthers in which he was benched for missing tackles and taking bad angles at runners.
Spievey, who started the game, led the Lions with seven tackles (six solo) and played well in the box against Packers runners.
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