Losing to the Dallas Cowboys was a big blow to the Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes. Now, their fate hangs in the balance with a “bigger opportunity” when they host the Green Bay Packers next week.
The Lions must learn to move on from their 42-21 loss and barely a week to prepare. Their match-up against the Packers will decide their destiny this season as the stakes are higher than ever. Beating the Packers would give the Lions the division title and an assurance of having a playoff game at home.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein writes that the Lions were not informed of the stakes when they host the Packers. But they already know what is coming if they lose the match which is what they will try to avoid.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy stated they had two chances of barging into the playoffs and they blew it. Now, they face the determined Packers, which clearly make things interesting more than ever.
“We had very good opportunities the last two weeks, but next week is even bigger,” Levy said. “We’re at home. It’s for the [division]. It’s for everything. You know, this is what you suit up for, these opportunities.”
The Lions need to work this week on their defense. It mainly cost them the loss and an early playoffs entry after losing to the Giants and the Cowboys, respectively. They have to find a solution on stopping Aaron Rodgers.The Lions have not shown much roaring when they faced Dak Prescott as they gave up 42 points.
Aside from working on their defense, the Lions must also work on their offense and limit their turnovers.
Lions’ Coach Jim Caldwell noted that after losing to the Cowboys, they need to refocus on what lies ahead. Caldwell knows by the time they land, the team will start focusing on how to get past the Packers.
“The guys are hurting now, that’s how it is when you lose a game,” Caldwell explained. “But I think our guys are resilient. It’s a tough-minded group. They’ll be fine.”
Safety Tavon Wilson stated the team got frustrated but needs to draw inspiration from their setbacks to carry out their task. Wilson added that the Lions will definitely come back stronger with their backs against the wall.
Execution of the plan
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is playing hurt with an injury to his middle finger, which rival teams managed to exploit. Their line of defense must find ways to protect him at all cost to make the play. Against the Cowboys, they managed their way in the second quarter wherein they managed to tie the game at 21-all.
Stafford says they need to work on their man coverage, mixing it a bit more to get a better scoring opportunity. They expect the Packers will do the same against Stafford and the Lions need to prepare for it.
With everything on the line, the Lions need to take one step ahead of what the Packers will give them. They need to learn from their earlier mistakes and recover as fast as they could with the short week ahead.
Can the Lions recover and win it all against the Packers?
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