Tom Oates grades the Packers vs. the Lions

2013-10-06T17:30:00Z Tom Oates grades the Packers vs. the LionsTOM OATES | Wisconsin State Journal | toates@madison.com | 608-252-6172 madison.com

OFFENSE | C

With Eddie Lacy as the primary back Sunday, the Packers hit 180 yards rushing for a second straight game. Randall Cobb’s 67-yard run and James Jones’ 83-yard touchdown catch broke the game open. Going 0-for-2 in the red zone won’t cut it.

DEFENSE A-

With superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson out, the Lions turned to halfback Reggie Bush, but the Packers kept him contained as a runner and receiver. The five sacks were all by linebackers. A.J. Hawk was all over the field.

SPECIAL TEAMS | B

Mason Crosby was 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts, keeping him perfect for the season and justifying Mike McCarthy’s faith in him. Cobb and Micah Hyde, the rotating punt returners, couldn’t do much with Sam Martin’s booming punts.

COACHING | B

Dom Capers learned about Johnson 90 minutes before the game and adjusted his game plan to focus on Bush. Why did McCarthy run 200-pound Johnathan Franklin on fourth-and-1 at Cincinnati and not the 230-pound Lacy on two third-and-1s Sunday?

OVERALL | B

Although the Lions were limited without Johnson, they put up a strong, physical fight. The Packers sparred with the Lions until they finally found a few openings, then capitalized for a victory that put them right back in the division race.

Contact Tom Oates at toates@madison.com or 608-252-6172.

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(2) Comments

  1. kooler
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    kooler - October 07, 2013 9:12 am
    i agree that the 3rd down calls are wierd. need more efficient plays for those short yardage situations, not 30 yd bombs or lateral runs.
  2. lunker
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    lunker - October 07, 2013 9:11 am
    I'm with you Tom. I think "somecleverscreenname" has the little man complex. 0-2 absolutely won't cut it against most quality NFL opponents. Settling for field goals in the red zone is and has always been a recipe for defeat. Yes, against an inferior opponent yesterday it was enough but to quantify a statement with facts about red zone TD rankings 4 games into the season is just grasping at straws. Take a chill pill somecleverscreenname and find somewhere else to spew nonsensical garbage. Why all the hatred this morning? Did Mom forget to leave your lunch box by the front door for you or was it that she didn't get the right Hostess product this week.
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