Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DANA WAKIJI  |  Last updated 11/28/13
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions may want to send Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton a thank-you note. Sitton had some very harsh words about the Lions and coach Jim Schwartz this week, calling them "dirtbags" and "scumbags" in an interview with Sports Radio 1250 in Milwaukee. Sitton also said the Lions' defense "takes cheap shots all the time" and said Schwartz was not someone he would want to play for. Maybe Sitton wouldn't want to play for Schwartz but he probably liked playing against Schwartz's defense even less in the Lions' 40-10 victory at Ford Field on Thanksgiving. "I don't take back anything I said, but I don't want to stand here and discuss it again," Sitton said. "They played great. No one ever said they weren't a great defensive front. They are probably the best inside combination in the league. It doesn't change the way I feel, but yeah, they kicked our asses." The Lions let their play do the talking, sacking quarterback Matt Flynn seven times for a 37-yard loss. Only two teams have had more in a game this year. Ndamukong Suh, whose sack was also a safety, actually gently laid Flynn down instead of throwing him down, said Sitton's comments did not influence him. "It really doesn't mean anything to our defensive line, let alone the rest of our team and coaches," Suh said. "We just go out there and execute. We got the most important thing done, (which) is winning." Asked if the Packers might have poked the bear a little, Lions center Dominic Raiola just smiled and said, "You gotta go ask Josh Sitton now. Some things come back and bite you." Cornerback Rashean Mathis said he just laughed when he heard what Sitton said. "It's just adding fuel to the fire," Mathis said. "It's waking up sleeping dogs. That's how he felt, he expressed it and we responded." Even rookie Devin Taylor, who had two of the seven sacks, took it all in stride. "I think it just kind of helped fuel our fire for our game and everything," Taylor said. "But it's the same thing every week. Everyone always has something to say about us so we just go out and play and prove what we can do every week." Fellow rookie Ziggy Ansah also had two sacks. Stephen Tulloch and Louis Delmas each had one. Schwartz said they didn't really discuss Sitton's comments much, just made a little light-hearted fun of it in Wednesday night's pre-game meeting. "A lot worse has been said about us," Schwartz said. "If that motivated our guys, then I'm glad it happened. This game was going to be won by actions on the field. It wasn't going to be won by talk and our team was the team that played well and actions speak louder than words." The Lions out gained the Packers by 435 yards, the biggest single-game differential since 2005, when the Eagles out gained the 49ers by 441. RAIOLA'S 200TH Raiola played in his 200th career game Thursday, all with the Lions. He is now tied for second most in team history with Wayne Walked, but owns the record for most games by a Lions' offensive player and by a lineman. Raiola has been a part of a lot of Thanksgiving Day losses so his first win in the annual tradition game since 2003 was special. "It felt great, it was the first one in a long time," Raiola said. "Not only did we win convincingly, but there was no stress in the fourth quarter. It was a good way to do Thanksgiving and now we get to enjoy the day. It meant so much for this organization to get this today. Not just for what we did, but to propel us for the rest of the season." LEVY HAS A DAY Linebacker DeAndre Levy had five tackles, two pass defenses and an interception against the Packers. Levy's third-quarter interception was his sixth of the season and leads the league. "I knew it was a broken play," Levy said. "I felt 81 turn up the sideline and try to get up for the quarterback and he threw it out there. I was in good position and was able to come down with it." Levy said he nearly had another one. "You just want to be in the right position," Levy said. "I'm glad they keep throwing them my way. Hopefully I can continue to make plays on the ball. Had another one through my hands, it was a little quick one but it feels good right now." The interception came just three plays after Levy had been called for unnecessary roughness on receiver Ryan Taylor. "It's a joke, man," Levy said. "The NFL's becoming a joke with some of these calls. I mean, it is what it is right now. Hopefully they review it and see that it was a clean hit. I felt like it was. I didn't see (the replay) on the screen so we'll see." Levy, who was born in Milwaukee, enjoyed the victory. "It feels good," Levy said. "Growing up in Wisconsin, I kind of especially despise them so I know the effect it'll have back home with some of the Packer fans. It's a little extra special for me." CALVIN JOHNSON, PRETTY GOOD Calvin Johnson passed Jerry Rice again, this time for most receiving yards in a three-year span. Johnson also recorded a touchdown in his fifth straight Thanksgiving Day game. With 101 yards in six receptions, Johnson had his 39th career 100-yard game and his seventh of the season. LONDON CALLING The NFL announced that the Lions game scheduled for London next season against the Atlanta Falcons will be played in Week 8 on October 26. Kickoff time is still to be announced.
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