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Rants and Raves: Ex-Packer Ross gets his revenge

Nov. 28, 2013
 

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The Lions' Jeremy Ross reacts after nearly returning a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Thursday. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

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Rant: The Packers let former teammate Jeremy Ross show them up. The second-year wide receiver and return specialist was cut by Green Bay on Sept. 23 after he had trouble hanging onto the ball. But on Thursday, he got his revenge in several ways: a 5-yard touchdown reception, a 24-yard run on an end-around on third-and-1, four punt returns for a 11.5-yard average and three kick returns for a 23.3-yard average.

Rant: When center Evan Dietrich-Smith went down with a knee injury, the Packers moved right guard T.J. Lang to center and inserted Marshall Newhouse at right guard. On the first play, quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked. On their next series, after halftime, Flynn was sacked again. On their next series, Flynn was sacked again. Then, later in the third quarter, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh easily slid between Newhouse and Lang to sack Flynn in the end zone for a safety. Dietrich-Smith never looked more valuable.

Rant: The Lions had 22 plays of 11 yards or more, six of them coming on third downs. The Packers had three, and that’s including the 56-yard garbage-time completion by Matt Flynn to James Jones. If you take away that play, Green Bay’s total yardage shrinks to 70 yards.

Rant: The Packers were dominated in so many ways and in so many statistical categories. Here’s just a couple. Time of possession: Detroit 40:26, Green Bay 19:34. Average gain per offensive play: Detroit 7.1, Green Bay 3.0. Third-down conversions: Detroit 9-of-12, Green Bay 2-of-10. First downs: Detroit 30, Green Bay 7. Sacks: Detroit 7, Green Bay 1.

Rave: Morgan Burnett had the only Rave-worthy effort: he recovered two fumbles and ran one of them in for a touchdown. He added nine tackles, but his performance was tainted by some missed tackles and the defense’s overall atrocious performance. File this one under Silver Linings.

— Robert Zizzo

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