Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Green Bay Packers

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Green Bay Packers

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win against the Green Bay Packers

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The Detroit Lions finally got off the losing streak with a 15-9 win over their divisional rival Green Bay Packers. It was not pretty, and at times it was a downright ugly game of football. Nevertheless, the Lions finally closed a game and put some life into their season. Here are three takeaways from this win. 

The Young Guys Come Alive

Going into this game, the Lions were the worst defense in the NFL. After firing defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant in the week, Detroit’s defense needed a performance. They got one! The Lions held Green Bay to nine points, forced three turnovers, and held the Packers to just 108 rushing yards. Rookie safety Kerby Joseph snagged two interceptions, while Aidan Hutchinson bagged the other. Second-year linebacker Derrick Barnes menaced in run defense, and his goal-line stuff on the one-yard line was huge. On the offense, rookie tight end James Mitchell caught the game-sealing touchdown, as well as a critical third down pickup in the fourth quarter. The Lions’ young players stood up and led them to a win today. 

 

A New Quarterback is a Must

If the Lions’ defense was the highlight, the offense and Jared Goff were the low light. Goff was terrible, as he threw for 137 yards on 14 completions, two touchdowns, and one interception. Goff was lucky that his interception tally was not higher; he threw a handful of dangerous passes that the Packers should have intercepted. On one particular play, two Packers players ran into one another while they fought for the ball. Many Lions felt Goff was not the long-term answer; a game like this proves it. He is erratic, reckless, and limited. The Lions need a new quarterback for 2023. Goff will not change. The Lions must. 

 

The Lions Are Still Playing for their Head Coach

In what was a difficult week, the Lions showed they are still playing for Dan Campbell. The local media had started to turn against Campbell, and it would have been easy for players to question the coach after so many close defeats. The Lions responded with courage, toughness, and hard work. The game was ugly, and both teams spluttered on offense. Yet, Detroit never wavered, especially on defense. These scrappy Lions are still playing for their coaches. It is a massive boost for Campbell and the organization. 

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