Halftime blog: What the Lions need to do to finish with a win over Packers

Posted by ttwentyman on November 18, 2012 – 3:47 pm

An interception and a fumble by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford late in the second quarter could have been costly for the Lions, but the Packers threw an interception of their own and missed a 50-yard field goal to help the Lions to only their second halftime lead of the season, 10-7.

Here are a couple halftime adjustments the Lions need to make to finish with a win:

1. Finish the rush

The Lions front four has gotten terrific pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, forcing him into a Houdini act a few times.

The Lions have had their hands on Rodgers on more than one occasion in the first half and he’s still been able to complete passes.

One play in particular, a third-down-and-9 at the Green Bay 39, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh initially got pushed back but continued the rush and applied pressure up the middle. He forced Rodgers to move to his right and had a hand on him just before he flipped a pass out to receiver Donald Driver for a 12-yard gain.

The Packers scored five plays later.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley finished his rush just before the half by sacking Rodgers and forcing a long field goal that the Packers missed. The Lions need more of that in the second half.

2. Continue to feed Calvin Johnson

Johnson has three catches for 88 yards as the Lions have gotten him involved early in the game. Johnson’s two biggest catches (53 and 21) set up both Lions scores. Feed the beast.

3. Protect Stafford

The Packers don’t have linebacker Clay Matthews and his nine sacks but that hasn’t prevented them from getting to Stafford.

The Packers have three sacks in the first half and a number of other pressures. Left tackle Jeff Backus has left the game with a hamstring injury, so the Riley Reiff era has began in Detroit. Lions need to be better protecting Stafford in second half.

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13 Responses to “Halftime blog: What the Lions need to do to finish with a win over Packers”

  1. By joseph on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hate to say it but I believe it is time to look elsewhere either a whole coaching change or at least a new defence.

  2. By GuyB1958 on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t wanna hear any bullshit about how good of a game this guy or that guy had….YOU BLEW THE DAMN GAME!!!

    How many times are you gonna let Stefan Logan give you bad field position cuz he doesn’t have the balls or the ability to make a proper FAIR CATCH?

    You have no idea how much it pains me to say this but, THE ’95 LIONS UNDER WAYNE FONTES AND SCOTT MITCHELL COULD BEAT THE TEAM WE HAVE NOW

    Stop passing around the Kool-Aid trying to get everyone to drink. Don’t try to blow smoke up our butts telling us How Good Someone is when you lose a game. I’m sick of it!

    Do your job and win some fricking games

  3. By kman on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree with GuyB1958 as far as stefan Logan is concerned. In ten games he’s returned only one kick off for positive yards. He’s fumbled four or five and dropped another six leaving us crappy field position. Never does he try to run out of the end zone. Time to get rid of one L in our losing record.

    The other losing L is Linehan. Here we are one of the top teams in the red zone, down on the Pack’s eight yard line. A touchdown puts the game out of reach at 24-10 with under two and a half minutes, and what does Linehan call…two boring run plays up the middle of the Packer’s defense for 0 yards. Game after game there has been no imagination on his part. He leaves it up to Stafford to have to find open receivers. How bout a fake draw, a bootleg to one side and pass to the other. Anything. High school football offenses are more exciting.

  4. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    OK, Why did Lenihan call 2 running plays when the Lions were at the 10 yard line and the chance to go up 10 points with just a couple of minutes left? WHY CAN’t any other receivers but CJ get open when Matt needs a place to throw the ball? Young is NOT getting it done at #2. Broyles is not targeted enough & I don’t know what Scheffler’s problem was today. The final four plays after GB got their winning TD were pitiful! With the game on the line NOT one throw to CJ??? Schwartz has to look at Young, Scheffler, Pettigrew and see why they FAIL to get open in key situations when Matt needs an open target. Yeah, I know Matt missed CJ TWICE when he was wide open and breaking to the end zone, which would have cemented an easy win, but Matt deserves an OFF day.
    Also, the lack of interference calls on GB by the bias officials was almost embarrassing! Clear interference in the end zone on young which would have led to a first down on the 1 yard line was ignored. Also, interference on Scheffler on one of the last pass plays was totally obvious but AGAIN ignored by the officials. I really don’t see any advantage to these guys over the part timers we had earlier! The Lions are falling back, back, back into obscurity, and ineptness. This is a Sad, Sad, old story of games won and lost by stupid mistakes, and lack of fundamental execution.

  5. By joseph on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with GuyB, enough is enough. If the players are not ready to play then get Coaches that can.How is it that other teams can get coaches that want to win and ours come in with a smirk on his face after every loss telling us that it is his fault.DUH!! Get mad and do something.

  6. By Casca on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am so totally fed up with this team and it’s management. You have secondary people that shouldn’t even be able to sit in the stadium much less wear a uniform. Our offense is so one dementional that a special needs school could see what we’re going to do. The Lions need a big enima and I will not watch them or NFL Football until it is done. I live in Packer country in the UP of Mich and I have to sit here and try to defend this parody of a team. I will no longer defend you as you don’t deserve it. I wont try til you start trying. I’m so pissed right now I don’t want to say anything else because I’ll say something bad and it’ll be taken wrong. Nick fairly, you played a great game. Cherrilus, you did it again in a clutch situation. Get rid of him. Goodbye

  7. By ghost on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    no kidding Dick Tracy what was your first clue

  8. By tommyj on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well ppl I no it hurts but the Lions are almost there they just need a little help, they need another big wide receiver with speed and good hands Im talking about 6’2″ 6’3″ no more little WRs, and a corner or safety with talent, and a offensive coordinator that guy’s gotta go. Losing Jahvid Best really hurt the lions I mean maybe a running back with some speed might help too, I just don’t know why all these other teams have these dominating running backs and lions can’t find 1 to save there life… Yeah Scott Linehan needs to go, but there almost there ppl It would be best just to scrap the rest of the season and get some good draft picks…

  9. By Bill Mi on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Did you really expect any other result?…GB owns the Lions..hell half the league owns this team…stick a fork in em’ boys…next year…yeah right…pathetic.

  10. By Casca on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    No one happened to mention how anyone who plays this team usually has a carreer day and sets or breaks records that have never been broken in fifty years?

  11. By Raymond on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    The lions have no leader and also an asst. coach trying to be a head coach.what comes to mind also ran .see you next year.

  12. By sm980268 on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    The only thing Im concern with is that the front for finally had a dominate game thats the key and thats the ticket. No secondary starters This year yet, Linebackers are doing their job ( vanilla ) they need a killer instinct. I expect the Lions defense from here on out the destroy the runnuing back. We dont have a second or third starting recievers. Tight end Schaffer needs to get on the same page. We need a dominate tight end for balance. Im saying it again, sit calvin johnson for a few games to heal or hes going to fall apart. Thanks Front four good game.

  13. By Sagmich on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are almost there? They are four and six man! Do you see the rest of the schedule? Maybe one win, and that is a big maybe. They could not beat the pack what do think is going to happen on Thanksgiving? They are playing the Texans who are way better than the Pack this season.The Colts are better, then it to the Lambau Field. The Cardinals are better. The Falcons are very good then it is Da Bears. This season is a wash.

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