The Detroit Lions lost another game to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and that's disheartening for a team with playoff visions.
But the 22-9 setback offers some reason for optimism as well. Because frankly the biggest reason the Lions lost this game is Calvin Johnson's left knee.
And he's not going to be out forever. He probably won't even be out next week.
Make no mistake viewer discretion is advised when Johnson doesn't play. The Lions (3-2) gained just 286 yards against Green Bay (2-2) their worst output since 2011 and didn't score a touchdown until garbage time.
Reggie Bush was signed to take advantage of the huge underneath seams created by all the attention given to Johnson downfield. But with no Johnson to double team Green Bay single-covered all Detroit receivers and honed in on Bush.
No receiver made Green Bay pay downfield and Bush finished with just 44 yards rushing. It was a stinker for Detroit offensively.
Johnson is the pin that holds together the offense...