Lions start strong in Green Bay, ultimately fall off track to stay winless


Nick Lundberg, General Assignment Reporter

On a rainy Monday Night in Green Bay, the Detroit Lions faced off against the Packers on national television. Coming off a close loss after an outstanding comeback and the Pack getting trounced the week before, hopes were relatively high that the Lions could pull off an upset. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Quarterback Jared Goff and the offense came out strong, scoring on their first drive. At the end of their opening seven-play, 75-yard drive, Goff found Quintez Cephus near the left corner of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. The Packers then came right back, as Aaron Jones caught a 4-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to even it up at 7. 

The Lions stayed unwavered throughout the rest of the half. Goff threw a beautiful ball to T.J. Hockenson in the back of the end zone to go up 14-7, but the Packers eventually answered with another short TD reception coming from Jones to make it even. Right before halftime, though, Austin Seibert nailed a 43-yard field goal to give the Lions a 17-14 lead. That would be the last time the Lions scored in this game. 

To start off the third quarter, Rodgers hit on a 22-yard strike to last year’s Pro Bowl snub tight end Robert Tonyan to give Green Bay a 4-point cushion. Goff then proceeded to fumble the snap, and all hell broke loose for the Lions. Jones eventually went on to score another receiving TD and a rushing TD to bring him at four for the night, sticking the nail in the coffin of the Lions. The final score ended up being 35-17, and the loss now moves the Lions to 0-2.

Despite another abysmal night from the defense and an injury to young defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu, there were some positive takeaways from this game. The offense looked very solid, especially in the first half,  as the offensive line held their ground as expected. The play calling from Anthony Lynn was fantastic, as it set up Goff to thrive without very many weapons. They fell off in the second half, but you can only do so much on the road at Lambeau field, especially when your defense can’t stop anything. 

Overall, this season seems to be shaping out as expected. There just isn’t enough talent on the defensive side of the ball to be competitive, but the offense does look very solid. 

The Lions will look to get their first win of the season next weekend, but it will not be easy, as they take on former MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field.