Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers’ 7-3 loss to the Detroit Lions…
- Tramon Williams–Tramon Williams, without a doubt, has had the best season of any player on the Packers’ roster, because he’s done it week and and week out with no exceptions. And Sunday was no different. His interception of Drew Stanton in the endzone prevented a potential Lions’ scoring drive. And his breakup of 40-plus yard pass to Calvin Johnson prevented another. He held Johnson without a catch in plays that he covered the star receiver. Add to that 14.0 yards per punt return and more smart decisions on fair catches.
- Charlie Peprah–It was another solid day for Peprah, not getting beat in the passing game and helping to stuff the run when used as an extra safety in the box. His interception was nothing special, the pass was over thrown and came right to him, but credit Peprah for holding onto the ball and securing the turnover. He also had seven tackles and a pass defensed.
- Tim Masthay–In a performance reminiscent of his game at the New York Jets earlier this season, the punter did arguably one of the best jobs on the team. Masthay had eight punts for an average of 50.5-yard gross with a long of 62 and three pinning the Lions inside the 20. He’s far from leading the NFL, but Masthay now has more punts inside the 20 than the Packers had in either 2008 or 2009 with three games left to go. Progress.
- A.J. Hawk–The inside linebacker was active, tying for the team lead in tackles with 10, including one for a a loss and a pass defensed. More importantly, several of his tackles were able to take down the ball carrier right before the first down market, one of the reasons the Lions converted only three of 15 third downs on the day. Other candidates for red chips were Desmond Bishop and Ryan Pickett.
- Offensive line–Seemingly everyone had their fair share of struggles, including Josh Sitton who had a tough time with Ndamukong Suh. Turning in an even worse performance, however, was Chad Clifton who was guilty of a false start and gave up a sack to Matt Flynn. On the day, the Packers gave up four sacks and the running game never could get going. They rushed for only 66 yards on 20 carries, a majority of them coming from the quarterbacks. The game of musical chairs the Packers were playing at left guard was embarrassment.
- Turnovers–Whether it was Andrew Quarless, Greg Jennings or Matt Flynn, the turnovers add up. Quarless fumbled after what would have been a first down, Jennings dropped what would have been at least a 40-yard catch if not a touchdown and Flynn threw an interception in the redzone. Taken together, it’s points off the scoreboard.