The Green Bay Packers failed to give QB Aaron Rodgers adequate protection in Detroit on Sunday.
He was sacked. He was knocked down. He was chased all over Ford Field.
The end result was a lackluster effort on offense and a 19-7 loss to the Lions in Week Three of NFL action.
The Pack slips to 1-2 on the season while Detroit captures at least a share of first place in the NFC North with a 2-1 mark.
Rodgers couldn’t keep his frustration to himself. At times he was seen barking at receivers for running the wrong routes and glaring at turnstile-like offensive linemen as he scraped himself off the turf.
Bryan Bulaga was back at right tackle after his ailing left knee was repaired.
But the Packers simply could not get their running game established, allowing Ndamukong Suh and Co. to just tee off on A-Rod.
The all-time leader in overall quarterback rating was a very pedestrian 88.8 on this day. Rodgers’ targets gained an anemic six yards per catch. It was, in a word, dismal.
For the second consecutive week, the Packers dug themselves a hole on their first possession.
This time it was an Eddie Lacy fumble that got them playing from behind.
Don Carey scooped up the strip and meandered his way 40 yards for a score less than three minutes into the game.
Green Bay did manage to tie it with a 10-yard, Rodgers to Andrew Quarless touchdown strike, But that was it from a team that was considered a bona fide Super Bowl contender when training camp ended.
The few brights spots came from the defensive side of the ball. Julius Peppers had a huge fumble recovery, but the Pack failed to convert that into points.
Rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a first quarter interception, ending a two+ season turnover drought at that position.
Davon House doused a huge threat by the Lions when he out-dueled Calvin (Megatron) Johnson for a pick at the one.
But DeAndre Levy broke through the line on the next play by the Packers, upending Lacy for a safety an a 9-7 lead with 13:21 left in the half.
Green Bay would get no closer.
The Lions were not exactly what you would consider outstanding.
But they kept Green Bay’s offense off the field, winning the time of possession battle. Detroit had the ball for more than 38 minutes in the contest.
There is no time for the Pack to lick its wounds and curl up in the fetal position.
The Packers stay on the road next week when they travel to Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field. Kickoff is at noon on Sunday, September 28.