After a brutal loss in Week 1, the Detroit Lions are back at it as they travel to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 2.
What is there to say? The Lions struggled for most of last week’s game. They didn’t break many tackles and had a massive drop on the final drive. Detroit moved the ball, but they failed to capitalize. Green Bay is not a team that they can afford to fail to score against. The Packers defense gave up 34 points last week, but still managed to win the game, largely due to having given up only ten points in the first half.
Green Bay’s Jaire Alexander is an exceptional defensive back that will create problems for Marvin Jones, Jr. The place to attack the Lions defense was from the slot, as Minnesota WR Adam Thielen had six catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Lions WR Danny Amendola had a nice game last week, but he is not the same caliber of player as Thielen. Green Bay will bring pressure from everywhere, but the Lions did relatively well in protecting Matthew Stafford last week — that will need to be the case again for the offense to have a chance at keeping up with the Packers.
The Packers defense is not as bad as the score indicated. To compound that, the Lions won’t be able to run on them the way that they did on Chicago. Kenny Clark being out may change that, but not enough to affect the outcome. The offense’s success will come down to whether Stafford can exploit the remaining pieces of the Packers’ secondary.
This is going to be ugly.
The Minnesota defense is significantly better than Detroit’s, and they were absolutely dismantled by Aaron Rodgers and company. Factor in Detroit missing several starters (Justin Coleman was placed on IR, Nick Williams was downgraded to out after being limited yesterday, and Desmond Trufant has not practiced as of this writing) and this could get out of hand quickly.
(Editor’s Note: Desmond Trufant has been ruled out for Week 2.)
The Lions will have no answer for Davante Adams (to be fair, few teams do), and they may not be able to contain Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling, either. Detroit may have more success in the run game, but odds are not great. Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams are both competent running backs, and in Jones’ case, he is an exceptional talent that has a level of explosiveness David Montgomery lacks.
SPECIAL TEAMS AND COACHING
It will be a theme this season that the Lions are outclassed in the coaching department. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur obviously has more to work with, but he is playing 4D chess while Lions head coach Matt Patricia is playing checkers.
Kicker Matt Prater will give the Lions an edge over most teams, but it won’t matter here; the game won’t be close enough for that to be relevant.
There isn’t much to say: Green Bay will likely run away with this one, and I believe they will cover the line. That said, the game may offer some excitement if Matthew Stafford can sort out some points on offense — then, we may have fantasy relevance and provide some entertainment.
I wish the Lions’ Week 2 preview would be different than the Week 1 preview, but the Packers win this one running away, 37-24.
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