McCarren explains what might slow down Lions against Packers

CREATED Dec 7, 2012

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GREEN BAY - Two particular factors could play into the Green Bay Packers' hands when they face the Detroit Lions.

According to Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 Packers reporter Larry McCarren, the possible snow or rain could slow down their powerful pass rush. 

"Like any soft turf, where defensive linemen can't get the burst off the ball, it makes them more of a sitting target.  A sloppy field, I always thought the advantage went to the guy who (knows) where he's going...the offensive player," said McCarren.

He knows from experience, as a Packers Hall of Fame center, that such conditions could make tough going for Lions defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, who could be considered among the top defensive line tandems in football.

The other factor might have to do with how the Lions have not played up to expectations this year, and don't have a playoff possibility for which to fight.

"The biggest psychological disadvantage the Lions have is that they're 4-8," said McCarren, who also understands from experience that no playoff possibilities doesn't mean an NFL player isn't motivated. 

"They've got pride.  They're competitors.  What you do lose is the collective energy that comes with a common purpose, a common goal."