A Closer Look at the Detroit Lions – Part 2

Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions 2011In case you haven’t heard this anywhere else this week: the Lions haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 1991. Unfortunately for Packers fans, Sunday figures to be an excellent opportunity for Detroit to snap that skid.

For the Lions, there is a sizable difference between entering the playoffs as the NFC’s 5-seed versus the 6-seed. The latter means that, in all likelihood, the Lions will be traveling to New Orleans for the first round of the playoffs, the location where Drew Brees shredded the Detroit secondary en route to a 31-17 Saints victory. To avoid a trip to the Superdome, the Lions need a win plus a Falcons loss in Week 17.  Continue reading

Packers In a Rush to Improve Against the Pass

Erik Walden Green Bay Packer Outside LinebackerWith the NFL’s 31st ranked defense, the Green Bay Packers will have a difficult time winning a second consecutive Super Bowl by stopping teams defensively. It appears as if that title will be won or lost on the arm of Aaron Rodgers; a big reason for that is the lack of talent in the defense’s front seven.

It can’t be overstated just how great of a general manager Ted Thompson is, but if there is one area of this team he has neglected in the past two drafts it is the pass rush – and in particular the outside linebacker and defensive end positions. The front seven is the key for teams with 3-4 defenses to excel.  Continue reading

What We Learned Against the Bears

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears 2011Aaron Rodgers must be considered the league’s most valuable player this season.

Rodgers threw five touchdowns behind a makeshift offensive line against the Bears and added a passer rating of 142.7 to his record-setting composite. Give me another quarterback who can put up that type of performance against a respected Bears defense under the same circumstances. It’s true that he has a lot around him, but Rodgers has still been the outright best player in the NFL this season. Continue reading