Packers guard Josh Sitton ate hearty this Thanksgiving. No turkey for the big guy, just buckets and buckets of crow as the Detroit Lions won, 40-10.
The sixth year veteran created controversy when he called the Detroit Lions defense scumbags on a Packers radio station Wednesday morning.
Well Josh, these “scumbags” held your team to 24 rushing yards and sacked your quarterback seven times. These “scumbags” blew by you and your teammates all day long en route to a blowout.
Maybe next time Joshy will let his words speak on the field. All he did Thursday was play patty-cake while the Lions defensive line destroyed all sense of pride the depleted, Packers line had.
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Anash is healthy once again, and it shows. In his past two games the top-five pick is showing off his world-class athleticism with four sacks. He leads all NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Look for him to only get better at a rapid rate.
Fellow rookie Devin Taylor broke-out with two sacks of his own. The 6-foot-8 mammoth has three sacks on the year with two forced fumbles.
Ndamukong Suh had himself another fantastic performance. The highlight of the day had to have been when he caused a saftety while showing up Commissioner Roger Goodell in the process. The sack was not a typical Suh hit. Rather, the 300-pound beast gently laid Packer quarterback Matt Flynn on the comfy Ford Field grass for nap nap. You going to fine him for that one too, Goodell?
No Chris Houston, no problem. The Packers could do absolutely nothing through the air. This is more likely a product of Flynn’s ineptness and failure to get a clean throw off then a sudden spike in talent in the secondary; however, second round corner Darius Slay is improving at a solid pace.
Give it up for DeAndre Levy. Talk about improvement, he gets my award for most improved Lion. His six interceptions lead the NFL. The 26-year-old is the first non-defensive back to reach six interceptions in a season since 2007.
Offensively, the Lions ran all over, around and through the porous Pack d-line. Detroit-native, blue-collar back Joique Bell put the city on his back plowing for 94 rushing yards on 19 carries. His gritty running style reflects his hometown to a t (or D).
Reggie Bush reemerged as a lightning bolt with 117 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards. Bush and Bell combined for 310 yards from scrimmage.
Matthew Stafford rebounded from his four-interception performance against the Buccaneers with 330 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
One of his three touchdowns went to former-Packer Jeremy Ross. Ross provided a spark in the return game and broke a 24-yard run. His athleticism gives the Lions another dimension to be used in unique packages, much like how the they utilized former-returner Stefan Logan.
If the Lions can stop turning the ball over, they could be lethal in the playoffs. On their first four possessions they amassed three turnovers and ended the day with four.
With four weeks left in the regular season it is clear the Lions secondary is their biggest weakness, but with Ansah’s return wide receivers will not have as much time to get open.
The Lions’ secondary will face a big test as they go to Philly to take on Nick Foles and the electric Eagles offense December 11, 2013 at 1PM.