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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