Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly (97) and teammates
sit during the closing minutes of an NFL football game
against the Detroit Lions in Detroit on Thursday.
DETROIT - Josh
Sitton had to concede that this was a pretty one-sided loss.
week, the Green Bay offensive lineman called Detroit's defensive
players "dirtbags" — and the Lions responded with a
40-10 rout of the Packers on Thursday.
Green Bay was
outgained 561-126, reaching triple digits only because of a long
pass late in the fourth quarter, well after the outcome had been
that this is embarrassing," Sitton said. "I've been
playing football for a long time, and I've never been part of a
beatdown like this."
Green Bay (5-6-1)
has a five-game winless streak, coinciding directly with the
absence of Aaron Rodgers, who fractured his collarbone against
Chicago on Nov. 4. The Lions (7-5) turned the ball over four
times, but even that wasn't enough to prevent a blowout.
Matt Flynn, Green
Bay's fourth starting quarterback this season, was sacked seven
times, once by Ndamukong Suh for a safety.
want to say that we can't win without Aaron, but he's been out for
five games and we haven't won any of them," Sitton said.
"He's our best player, and this is tough."
mince words in an interview Tuesday with Milwaukee radio station
entire defense takes cheap shots all the time," he said.
"That's what they do. That's who they are. ... They're a
bunch of dirtbags ... that's how they play, and that's how they're
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sacks Green Bay
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for a safety during the third
quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit on
After the Green
Bay offensive line looked overmatched against the Lions, Sitton
stood by his comments.
take back anything I said, but I don't want to stand here and
discuss it again. They played great," he said. "No one
ever said they weren't a great defensive front. They are probably
the best inside combination in the league. It doesn't change the
way I feel."
The Lions would
have been motivated anyway — they had lost nine straight on
Thanksgiving — but the win was especially satisfying after
adding fuel to the fire," Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis
said. "It's waking up sleeping dogs. That's how he felt, he
expressed it and we responded."
Flynn threw for
480 yards and six touchdowns against Detroit in the final game of
the 2011 regular season. This outing couldn't have been more
different. He went 10 for 20 for 139 yards with an interception
and two fumbles.
have a lot of the same guys, but I can say they're a different
defense. They're flying around, creating havoc," Flynn said.
"As a quarterback, we've all kind of had those games
offensively when you can't get into a rhythm and you're getting
off the field too much. Makes for a tough day."
Stafford was 22 of 35 for 330 yards with three touchdowns and two
interceptions. He also had a fumble, which was returned 1 yard by
Morgan Burnett for Green Bay's only touchdown.
Green Bay Packers defense closes in on Detroit Lions running
back Reggie Bush (21) after his 23-yard run during the
second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in
Detroit on Thursday.
The Packers led
10-3 in the second quarter, but once the Lions stopped turning the
ball over, this was a mismatch.
Reggie Bush ran
for a 1-yard touchdown to give Detroit a 17-10 lead late in the
first half. He finished with 117 yards rushing and 65 receiving.
Bell ran for 94 yards and a score. Calvin Johnson had six
receptions for 101 yards, including a 20-yard TD that put the
Lions up 24-10 early in the third quarter.
The Packers have
been leaning on rookie running back Eddie Lacy lately, but he was
limited to 16 yards on 10 carries against one of the NFL's best
defenses against the run.
wounded team that got drilled today, by a good football
team," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's the
facts of the matter. We have a long weekend. Hopefully we'll get
some more people back."
If Detroit hadn't
started the game so poorly, the score could've been even more
Bush ended what
was a productive opening possession by fumbling inside the Green
Bay 10 when former USC teammate Clay Matthews knocked the ball out
of his hands. Detroit later had first-and-goal from the Green Bay
7 and had to settle for David Akers' field goal.
On Detroit's next
snap, Nick Perry stripped the ball away from Stafford, and
Burnett's short return gave Green Bay the lead. Stafford ended the
next drive with an interception.