When Green Bay Packer lineman Josh Sitton referred to the Detroit Lions defensive line as “dirt bags” and “scumbags,” he left out a pertinent adjective: talented.
The Motor City madmen sacked Matt Flynn seven times and notched a safety scoring 37 unanswered points in the process.
The Packers, despite starting their fourth different quarterback in November, were hoping to feast on a little Lion meat this Thanksgiving.
Instead, they left holding their giblets after an embarrassing loss, 40-10, at Ford Field on Thursday.
The Lions take a temporary lead in the NFC North with a 7-5 mark.
The Pack slips to 5-6-1 and their dim playoff hopes took a huge hit below the water line.
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Detroit amassed 561 yards of offense.
Flynn & Co., save for a long bomb to James Jones, could muster only 70 yards on offense in 57 minutes of play.
The bloodletting started on the opening drive when the Lions gashed the D-line on the ground and the secondary in the air.
The running back tandem of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combined for 330+ yards of their impressive total.
If it weren’t for four turnovers by the Green Bay defense, this result could’ve been coyote ugly.
After shredding the Packer defense for nearly 80 yards, Bush was stripped by Clay Matthews and Morgan Burnett scooped up the ball.
Unfortunately, Flynn and the Pack did little with the gift.
Bush did most of the damage on the second drive as well.
The fastest first quarter of the season ended with Detroit threatening but no score.
A David Akers field goal from 27 yards out opened the scoring on the second play of the second quarter for a 3-0 Lion lead.
The Packers were flat-out lucky to be down by that margin considering how poorly they performed in those first two drives.
It would continue for the rest of the game.
The Packers tied it up with 12:41 left in the half on the strength of a Mason Crosby 54 yard three pointer.
Eight seconds later, Nick Perry chopped the ball out of Matthew Stafford’s hand and Burnett picked it up off the turf and took it in for the touchdown.
Make that 10-3, Packers.
Bush beat single coverage by A.J. Hawk for a long reception.
Stafford continued to move downfield almost at will.
He found former Packer Jeremy Ross in the end zone from the five and the game was tied, 10-10, with 4:22 until halftime.
Flynn continued to struggle with his check downs.
When favorite target Jordy Nelson was covered, Flynn missed seeing a wide open Andrew Quarless on one particular drive.
Of course, the defensive line was in Flynn’s face at every turn.
Ross took another bite out of his old team with a long punt return.
The elusive Bush wiggled his way through the GB ’D’ and finished it off with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:22 remaining.
The Packers gave the ball right back and Detroit had a shot at piling on more points.
The usually reliable Akers went wide right and time ran out with Detroit in front 17-10.
The Green & Gold got no closer.
The last time these two teams met, Johnson was a late scratch from the lineup.
He single-handedly helped the Lions pad their lead.
He caught three passes for first downs and then was wide open across the middle, scampering in for a 20-yard touch.
The lead was 24-10 with 9:08 left in the third stanza.
Johnson ended with six grabs for 101 yards and with Bush
When Flynn had the ball separated from his hand as he was about to throw, the Lions were back in business in Green Bay territory.
Sam Shields stepped in front of Megatron for an interception, delaying the bloodbath for at least this series.
The seventh sack of Flynn by Ndamukong Suh resulted in a safety and a 26-10 lead with 53 ticks left in the quarter.
The depleted ‘O’ line continued to be all too porous and ineffective against anyone wearing Detroit blue.
The next possession yielded a touchdown run by Joique Bell with 13:06 remaining.
The gravy on this turkey of a performance by the Pack came when Stafford found Kevin Ogletree who made a one-handed grab for another score with just 4:17 to play.
It represented 37 unanswered points by the Lions who snapped a nine-game losing streak on Thanksgiving.
The Packers return to action on Sunday, December 8, when the Atlanta Falcons make their way to Lambeau Field.
The Falcons have been struggling this season, so this gamed was flexed out of primetime by NBC to the Fox Network.
Kickoff will be at noon.