Lions bounce back, run over Packers

Lions bounce back, run over Packers

Grant McPherson

With this 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions move to 7-5 on the season and regain their lead in the NFC North. The Packers fall to 5-6-1 on the season and remain in third place in the NFC North. In the beginning of the game the Lions turned over the ball twice on their first three drives. The defense stood tall to the task, holding the Green Bay Packers to only 126 yards on the day, forcing three turnovers of their own. The Lions picked up their first win on Thanksgiving in a long time.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 35 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns, along with two interceptions, one of which in the endzone. Calvin Johnson put up the numbers we are used to seeing from him day in and day out with 6 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. This is Johnson’s 6th Thanksgiving with a touchdown reception.

The Lions ran the ball just as well as they passed it. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combined to carry the ball 39 times for 211 yards and a touchdown from both of them. Bush also caught the ball and put up some great receiving yards to accompany the great rushing game he had.

Packers quarterback Matt Flynn had a rough day filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers. Flynn was 10 for 20 passing for 139 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.  James Jones caught 3 passes for 79 yards as a receiver.

Eddie Lacy, who has been having a monster rookie year, had a rough day against the Lions run defense. Lacy had 10 carries for only 16 yards on the ground. He also caught the ball a few times to add to his yardage total.