The odds are stacked in the Packers’ favor against the Detroit Lions

When the Detroit Lions visit Green Bay it gives the media a chance to show off a bunch of unique statistics in the NFL, a league which has become defined by parity.

The recent past between the Lions and Packers has nothing to do with parity.

The Lions haven’t won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, back when Barry Sanders was breaking ankles and dropping the jaw of every fan in the nation.

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Detroit Lions Give It Their Best Try, But Fall Short to Brees and the Saints

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NFL’s Wild-Card Weekend started off with a bang in the NFC with the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints battling in a close  game that eventually was decided in the fourth quarter. Drew Brees and the Saints proved to be a bit too much to handle for the Lions’ defense in a 45-28 win.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson both had great games (211 yards and two touchdowns accumulated between the two), but the difference in this one was multiple missed opportunities on the defensive end.

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Matt Flynn for the Win: Packers Embarrass Lions Without Key Starters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Aaron Rodgers resting on the bench, who would have thought the Green Bay Packers would put up 550 total yards of offense and 45 points?

Back-up QB Matt Flynn had a career day with a franchise record six touchdowns and 480 passing yards in the 45-41 shootout win at Lambeau Field.

Since 1970, Flynn is the 3rd QB to throw for 3 or more TDs in his first two starts. The other two were Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.

For the Lions, QB Matthew Stafford put up college-like numbers with 520 yards and five touchdowns. And there was that Calvin Johnson guy with 244 receiving yards as well.

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Two Former MSU Spartans help Detroit Lions end Road Losing Streak

Sports fans in Tampa Bay proved their futility once again by leaving large areas of their cavernous stadium empty despite their home team entering this game with a 8-5 record. This is one reason why the Red Sox and Yankees are set to regain control of the AL East (just like old times, but that’s another discussion)

The approximately 48,000 who did show were treated to some efficient if not fantastic football by both sides. The Detroit Lions were led by two in-state products, who played their college football just two hours from Ford Field as Michigan State Spartans.

Former Spartans Quarterback Drew Stanton (Farmington Hills, MI) (23-37-0, 252, 1 TD, 2 rushes, 24 yards) and placekicker Dave Rayner (3-3 FG, long 41, Game winning kick in OT) gave football fans in the state of Great Lake Splendor something to be excited about.

But the biggest hero was Calvin Johnsonm with big catches near the end of regulation and in overtime. His numbers (10-152)  show what a huge factor that he was for the Lions offense.

By Patrick Herbert

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