Three members of the Detroit Lions defensive secondary were injured in Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Bears. And while only Justin Coleman is officially out (placed on IR) for their Week 2 matchup against Green Bay, the status of the other is not looking too positive.
OSU rookie Jeffrey Okudah and veteran Desmond Trufant, as well as Coleman, all suffered hamstring injuries to open the season, making the Lions’ secondary quite thin. And going up against Aaron Rodgers, who looked to be showing signs of his vintage MVP self against the Minnesota Vikings, that spells trouble for Detroit.
Having set a personal record and having tied a franchise record with 14 catches in a single game, WR Davante Adams is looking to feast once again against an NFC North opponent’s defense. Allen Lazard and Marques Valdez-Scantling, who like Adams hailed in a score from Rodgers against MIN, should also be able to put up big numbers in a game that hopefully will look a lot different than how these two divisional opponents played last year.
Across two games, the Lions led for every single minute of both games, and yet they lost both games, an absolutely mind-boggling stat. Only due to the late-game heroics of Aaron Rodgers and the foot of Mason Crosby were the Packers able to sneak out with two victories they didn’t earn.
While Okudah has yet to make his NFL debut, he may be thrown right into the fire against Adams, and both he and second-year pro Amani Oruwariye may be the top options that the Lions have Sunday, something that can only help this GB offense flex their muscles even more.
If the game gets out of hand, which, by all accounts, it won’t simply due to how GB tends to play down to the levels of their divisional opponents, then it will most likely have gotten out of hand due to the passing game. This could also be a great game to involve UDFA Malik Taylor, dual-threat guy Tyler Ervin, and tight ends Jace Sternberger, Robert Tonyan, and Josiah Deguara in the game plan as well.
Sunday is not pegged to be a walk in the park for the Packers’ home opener, yet due to the status of DET’s defensive secondary, it could be uphill sledding for the Lions early on and throughout Sunday’s noon affair.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23