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Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was assigned to stop Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and he succeeded.
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With his last catch, Calvin Johnson is the first player in Lions history to record three 1,000 receiving yard seasons in his first five years with the team.
We tell you the matchups that will decide Thursday's game, starting with Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson trying to use his physical advantage against Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams. The Packers also must be wary of the tight ends and Ndamukong Suh.
According to Chris McCosky of the Detroit news, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson sat out practice on Tuesday. It seems that Johnson sat out due to an ankle injury that he’s been dealing with. He was seen walking off the field during practice with a team trainer. “I’ll be alright,” Johnson said to the local [...]
Kevin Smith is going to get a workout today, based on what he's done so far through the first three plays. Maybe it pays to be put on the shelf for several months.
As I typed that, Matthew Stafford threw an ill-advised pass on second-and-7 that was broken up by Tramon Williams.
Lions are moving the ball, down right now to the Packers 29. But we're not seeing much from Calvin Johnson at all. He's got one pass for 23 yards, but hasn't been targeted much at all in this second quarter. Of course, once again, as I type this, Calvin Johnson just got targeted in the endzone.
Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams and defensive end Willie Young are questionable against the Packers, while defensive end Lawrence Jackson is doubtful.
Calvin Johnson gained five yards on his first catch of the second half, but it doesn't matter now.
Here in the third quarter, Charles Woodson made Matthew Stafford pay. He picked off Stafford's pass, the quarterback's third interception of the game.
Packers get the ball back at the Lions' 33.
Ford Field is silent. The Lions are dealing with injuries and a slew of penalties.
Matthew Stafford is turning the ball over. Calvin Johnson hasn't been much of a factor at all.
So this means the Lions will find a way to win, right?
I dunno, doesn't look good.
But that being said, the Lions
Down 14-0, with starting running back Kevin Smith out, seems to me it would be in the Lions best interest to target Calvin Johnson as much as possible. Also, it would probably be a good idea to get Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler more involved. All three guys can cause matchup problems for the
We take a closer look at Thursday's showdown by talking to Lions insider Nate Caminata. Leading off, we talk about Matthew Stafford, who the Packers have never seen healthy in his brief career. And who, besides Calvin Johnson, will challenge the Packers' defense?
Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions await the arrival of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the North Division rivals' first encounter of the year Thanksgiving Day.Zac Snyder, that editor over at the Fansided site, SideLion Report, took time out of his busy schedule this week to answer some questions thrown his way about the Packers vs. Lions throwdown in Detroit Thanksgiving Day...