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Packers-Lions: First half thoughts

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It was all about missed opportunities in the first half and the fear is did the Packers miss out on one too many chances to take the lead?

 

It started with great field position on the first two drives but no points to show for it.  With a tough road game in a dome the focus is always on quieting the crowd noise.  So the focus is usually on starting strong, even more so today considering how slow Detroit starts.  But it was not the case.

 

It's clear the Packers patchwork offensive line is going to be tested.  Nick Fairley had a good half and the Lions are bringing pressure from a number of areas.

 

A few people were asking why the Packers were running so much in the first half.  With the line the way it is the Packers don't have much choice.  They cannot be a one-dimensional team against this defensive front.  Aaron Rodgers will get eaten alive if the Packers can't slow the rush.

 

Casey Hayward continues to make a case for defensive rookie of the year with a pass break up and an interception.

 

Calvin Johnson will get targeted a lot and he'll get his catches.  It was encouraging that Megatron had only three receptions but it went for 88 yards, that's a bit too explosive.

 

The pass rush got steadily better as the half wore on.  Without Clay Matthews the Packers are using a rotation on the edge with Frank Zombo, Brad Jones and Dezman Moses.  Matthew Stafford is a good quarterback but he will make mistakes, especially when the heat is on.

 

What to with Mason Crosby?  It was telling that Mike McCarthy elected to go for it early on from the Detroit 31.  Then Crosby missed 50-yarder at the end of the half.  Missing one 50-ish yarder is no big deal but there is now a pattern of inaccuracy by Crosby and that is a problem.

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