On Gear Live: Samsung S95C: The OLED TV You Can’t Afford (to Ignore!)

Latest Gear Live Videos

Wednesday September 17, 2008 9:22 pm

Green Bay Packers Demolish Detroit Lions 48-25

Posted by Charles Mitri Categories: NFL,

Aaron Rodgers

Better get the wagons in a circle. Looks like its gonna be a long year in Lion Land.

Aaron Rodgers riddled the Detroit secondary for 328 yards on 24 of 38 passing and three TDs as the Packers walloped the Lions 48-25.  In a game that resembled a scrimmage more than a gridiron contest, Green Bay jumped out to an early 21-0 lead before the Lions knew what hit them. James Jones took a 9 yard lob from Rodgers capping a 15 play 86 yard drive and a 7-0 lead. Donald Driver then padded the lead to 14-0 when he took a 2 yard Rodgers chippie, polishing off a 5 play 82.

Jordy Nelson did the finishing honors when he scorched the Lions secondary with a 29 yard bullet capping a 4 play 63 yard march. Lions booter Jason Hanson put the home team on the board with a 38 yarder to close out first half scoring 21-3 Packers.  Third stanza scoring was nothing special. Hanson added impressive three pointers of 49 and 53 yards, cutting the Packer lead to 21-9. Pack kicker Mason Crosby answered with a 25 yard chip shot boosting the margin to 24-9. 

The fourth quarter had some fireworks but they were short lived. Jay Kitna and Calvin Johnson teamed up for two aerial TDs sandwiched around a safety and the Lions only lead of the afternoon. First Johnson split the Pack secondary with a 38 yard spiral from Kitna, carving the Pack lead to 24-16. Following a safety, Johnson and Kitna combined for a 47 yarder and a brief 25-24 Detroit edge. Kitna finished with respectable stats with 276 yards on 21 of 41 passing.

That’s when the flood gates opened. Crosby put the Pack back on top 27-25 with a 39 field goal, then Brandon Jackson bulled his way 19 yards, icing a 4 play 40 yard drive and a 34-25 Green Bay lead. Charles Woodson and Nick Collins iced the cake with two Kitna interception for TDs. Woodson gave Kitna a lesson in the hazards of a passing game with a 41 yard interception and a 41-25 gap. Collins drove the lesson home with a 42 yard scoring pick of his own deepening the abyss to 48-25.

Even though it’s still early in the season, its plain to see that the Lions are already in hot water. Coach Rod Marinelli has to establish a ground game and plug up holes in the secondary. Back Kevin Smith accounted for all but 9 yards with 40 yards in 10 carries—not nearly enough to keep defenses honest. A ground game will take the heat off Kitna’s passing attack and give them some real options on third down when Detroit was a deplorable 2 of 12 for a 16% conversion rate.The defensive secondary needs a major overhaul. 328 passing yards translates into blown coverages. In terms of this game, three passing gave the Packers their entire margin of victory in less than one half—a glaring weakness and one that Coach Marinelli better fix ASAP.



Commenting is not available in this channel entry.