By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 23
The Detroit Lions opened up divisional play with perennial NFC North favorites Green Bay Packers. The games against the Packers are always tough, and nothing is ever easy to come by.
When you’re going against quarterback Aaron Rodgers, anything can happen. Despite the fact that the Lions have won their last two games against the Packers, including a rare win at Lambeau Field, it’s still hard to have confidence. Especially after the way this season has started for the Lions.
But the Lions came out firing on all cylinders!
Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson had 70 yards rushing, wide receiver Kenny Golladay also had a great game. He had 4 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. The defense was in full force, frustrating Rodgers. Defensive ends Romeo Okwara and Da’Shawn Hand were able to sack Rogers twice and force a fumble each time.
At the end of the first half, the Lions lead 24-0, thanks mostly in part to Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby’s no good, horrible, very bad day. The second half got started by Green Bay coming out and scoring on back to back possessions. Lions fans started to get that feeling again.
Don’t start that conservative zone defense, no pass rush mess! Rodgers will eat us up!!!
— Rendell Barnes (@DetroitFan09) October 7, 2018
Thankfully, the Lions were able to score a Kenny Golladay touchdown, and seal the game over their division rival.
King Of The Pride: This week’s honor is going to Kenny Golladay. He made some catches that would have made former wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Jr. proud. He may be the Lions WR3, but he played great yesterday, and honestly, this season. This is his 2nd year. His future here in Detroit is looking bright.
Kenny Golladay’s 2018 season so far:
Week 1: 7 receptions, 114 yards
Week 2: 6 receptions, 89 yards, TD
Week 3: 6 receptions, 53 yards, TD
Week 4: 4 receptions, 74 yards
Week 5: 4 receptions, 98 yards, TD
— DLB (@DetLionBlood) October 8, 2018
Not King Of The Pride: Cornerback Teez Tabor. Unfortunately, he was slow out there yesterday, and Aaron Rodgers picked on that mismatch when he could. Which did work to his advantage as Tabor got a pass interference penalty called on him.
Ok, let’s be honest, Tabor hasn’t really been a good option at cornerback at all. In his second year, you hope that he can start to show some improvement, but that hasn’t happened yet. Tabor’s future as a Lion may not look the brightest. But on the plus side, there is a lot of football left to be played. Here’s hoping for some improvement.
The Lions will have a bye week next week, and then will be ready to face the Dolphins in Miami. Going back to 2013, the Lions are 5-1 after the bye week, including a win against the Dolphins. Going into the bye having a win over New England quarterback Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers? I’ll take it!
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