Ugly, but Packers get win over Lions, improve to 3-1 : Packers Insider

Ugly, but Packers get win over Lions, improve to 3-1

October 3, 2010 by  
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Oct 3, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin – Favored at home by 14 points, and coming off of a painful loss in Chicago six days earlier, many expected the Packers to get back on track with a dominating win over the winless Lions.

Well, the stats show it was, in fact, a one-sided, dominating game.

The Lions had eight more first downs than the Packers did. They had the ball for 78 plays to a pitiful 40 for the Packers, almost a 2-to-1 advantage.

The Lions also had a 15-minute advantage in time of possession (that’s a full quarter) as the Packers defense couldn’t stop the Lions on third downs. Detroit converted 10 times on third down, including many third & longs. The Packers, meanwhile, only converted three first downs in the entire game.

The Packers also uncharacteristically committed four turnovers, with Jordy Nelson coughing up two kick returns, and Aaron Rodgers getting picked off twice, both on passes to Greg Jennings, who was beaten both times by his defender.

Alphonso Smith of the Detroit Lions takes the ball away from Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers for an interception at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010.

Rarely in the NFL are the team stats ever that one-sided. Perhaps in college football you see that, but rarely in the NFL. But as a 14-point favorite, some may have expected the Packers to dominate like that.

Nonetheless, the Packers found a way to win, which is really the only stat that matters in the end.

A divisional win, conference win, is all that matters in the long run. The Packers are now 3-1, still tied for the 2nd best record in the NFC.

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