GREEN BAY - The Packers offensive and defensive line spent time Wednesday going through one-on-ones in preparation for Sunday’s game against Detroit. Perhaps a nod to the quality of fronts they’ll see against the Lions.
Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s most sacked quarterback in 2012, has already been taken down 10 times in 3 games this season. He acknowledges the importance of wining the battle up front.
"I think any time you're playing a division opponent it comes down to the trenches both side of the ball,” Rodgers said.
What makes the Lions defensive line unique and difficult to face is that the point of attack comes from inside with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly, instead of from the outside rushers.
"Well Fairly and Suh are dynamic players,” Mike McCarthy said. “That says a lot when you say that from an interior line stand point. It starts up front with them and they do a very good job scheming off of that."
Running back Johnathan Franklin added, "Very physical d-line. Every snap they play very aggressive. Detroit has definitely improved on past years and it's going to be very exciting."
Josh Sitton, the Packers left guard, will see a lot of Fairly and Suh in the game. He’s been impressed by what he’s seen from them. "They play big up front and Suh and Fairly are a little bit different players. Suh is more of an explosive type with a lot of strength,” Sitton said. “They're both really strong. They play hard. They play stout in their through the whistle a lot of times."
Suh showed that explosiveness against the Bears. He connected with Jay Cutler, forcing a fumble which Nick Fairly returned for the game sealing touchdown. According to Sitton, Suh has evolved a lot as a player.
"When Suh first came out you could see his talent and his explosion but he was trying to feel things out,” Sitton said. “Now he's more reactive. He reacts to your past set, to your run block, whatever it is and he can read things a lot quicker than he used to be able to. Fairly's going to be that way as well."
The Packers say if their offense can dictate the rhythm of the game then they’ll be able to limit the effect Suh, Fairly and company can have on the game.
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