Three keys for the Lions in the second half

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2012 – 11:01 pm

The Lions were up 14-0 on the road against a tough opponent before two consecutive turnovers by quarterback Matthew Stafford allowed Green Bay back into the game. The Lions held a 14-10 lead at the half.

A Stafford fumble was returned 43 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and a interception on the ensuing possession killed a promising scoring drive.

Green Bay is a tough enough opponent to beat on the road without the Lions helping them with a gift-wrapped touchdown.

Here are three second-half keys for the Lions if they’re going to break their 21-game losing streak in the state of Wisconsin:

Maintain offensive balance

Besides the two turnovers, the Lions are doing pretty much whatever they want on offense vs. the Packers defense.

They’re 6-of-7 on the third down and lead in time of possession 22:41 to 7:19.

They’ve rushed for 117 yards and have out-gained the Packers 218-94.

The turnovers are the only difference between a big Lions lead.

Continue giving Johnson help

The Lions needed some other receivers to step up and Kris Durham answered the bell in the first half.

In his first game since being elevated from the practice squad this week, Durham has 41 receiving yards on three catches, including a one-handed 27-yard score.

Calvin Johnson has three catches for 31 yards.

Six different players have caught a pass for the Lions.

Continue to pressure Rodgers

The Lions did a good job pressuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson has a sack-strip and Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket a number of times. Rodgers was just 5-for-8 for 61 yards in the first half.

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Lions without Louis Delmas and Corey Williams tonight

Posted by ttwentyman on December 9, 2012 – 8:01 pm

The Lions will be without safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Corey Williams tonight against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.

Delmas did not practice Wednesday or Friday because of a sore left knee and was limited when he did practice Thursday. He’s struggled with the injury all season, but had managed to play the last two weeks in monitored snaps.

Don Carey, who had two of the Lions’ three interceptions last week against the Colts, will start at safety in Delmas’ place. Ricardo Silva will start at the other safety spot.

Safety Tyrell Johnson, whom the team signed earlier this week, will be active with Delmas out.

Williams has also been battling a knee injury for most of the season. He had surgery in late September and has missed five games. He didn’t practice all week.

Nick Fairley will make his seventh start of the season and his fifth-straight in place of Williams.

Joining Delmas and Williams among the list of inactives for the Lions are: tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore, receiver Lance Long and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

Receiver Kris Durham will get the start opposite Calvin Johnson.

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