Lions feast on Packers’ offensive line on Thanksgiving

Oh, Josh. Silly Josh.

You made a big mistake.

Green Bay guard Josh Sitton made headlines this week when he ripped the Lions. “They go after quarterbacks,” Sitton said. “Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags.”

Do the Lions go after quarterbacks?

Oh, yeah. No question about it. So Sitton was partially right.

The Lions love sacking quarterbacks, which is what they did incredibly well Thursday, recording seven sacks in a 40-10 thumping of the Green Bay Packers, their first win on Thanksgiving Day in 10 years.

It was as if the entire defense wanted to shove the ball down Sitton’s throat. Legally, of course.

“Yeah, it’s embarrassing,” Sitton said. “We got our ass beat. Plain and simple. They smacked us (Thursday). There is no doubt about it.”

After the game, Sitton wouldn’t back down. “I said what I said,” Sitton said. “I’m not taking it back.”

Are the Lions dirty?

Not in this game. Not at all. If anything, this game showed how this defense is growing up. The Lions’ defense was vicious, but composed. It was nasty, but stayed within the rules.

Which brings us to Ndamukong Suh.

Late in the third quarter, the Packers were backed up near their own end zone.

Suh split a double team and grabbed Matt Flynn in the end zone.

And just when you expected him to bury him in the turf.

Just when you thought: “Oh, boy, here comes the professional wrestling pile driver!”

Just when you figured Suh would get another personal foul.

Suh put him down gently.

“It wasn’t gentle,” fellow Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley said. “It was what it was supposed to be. If he would have slammed him, it would have been a penalty. Suh, man, he’s a competitor and he’s a very ferocious guy.”

And on this day, Suh proved he can be ferocious within the rules.

Which shows a certain degree of maturity and growth.

Suh, for his part, said he wasn’t motivated, at all, by the comments.

“It’s just words,” Suh said.

And then, as he was leaving the locker room, I think he sacked Flynn again. Just for kicks.

Now, to be fair, the Packers were playing without their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who missed the game with a broken


After the Lions jumped out to a lead, it made rushing the quarterback even easier.

“Hats off to them,” Flynn said. “They played their tails off. They were flying around. They got tough on us and it’s just tough when you can’t get into a rhythm.”

And, well, it’s tough to get into a rhythm when you are lying on your back.

The Lions played with fire and determination and they buried the Packers.

Ziggy Ansah looked like a Venus fly trap. The Packers were moving the ball on their first possession, out from deep in their own territory. And then Ansah came rushing upfield and swallowed Flynn for his third sack in two weeks. Later, he got another.

It became contagious. Guys were sacking Flynn or snagging interceptions or recovering fumbles. And when the defense plays like this, everything is possible.

“The thing I was probably most proud of is how they played,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

With poise. With composure.

“We were just getting after it and playing good old fashioned football,” Stafford said. “We have to have that week in and week out from those guys. When we do, our defense is pretty damn good.”

In a totally legal, non-scumbag way.



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