It's the Friday before another critical NFC North battle, as the Detroit Lions try to get back to even footing with a win against the tough Green Bay Packers. There are more than few things to talk about leading into this important game, and here are the latest bits and pieces from around the internet to get you caught up before the weekend.
- As sportscaster Dan Patrick likes to say, Calvin Johnson is so good "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him." Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers has a comprehensive approach toward not letting Johnson beat him. Basically, he prepares harder for match ups with Johnson than any other receiver in the NFL. If you're wondering, yes, he does have a game plan for Sunday. What is it? You'll just have to tune in. —Detroit Free Press
- Though Detroit's ground game has been much improved in 2012, it didn't do much against Minnesota. Sunday, the Packers' 10th ranked run defense comes to town, testing the Lions once more. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan isn't giving up hope, however. He says the Lions have made "a lot of strides" recently. We'll see just how big those strides have been. —Detroit Free Press
- Injury-wise, the Lions are still hurting at the safety position most. Both Amari Spievey and Louis Delmas missed practice again Friday, leaving their status very much in doubt for Sunday in the eyes of Dave Birkett. There is some good news, however. Other than Corey Williams (knee problem) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (resting) everyone else, including dinged up cornerback Chris Houston, was practicing. —Detroit Free Press
- Chris McCosky seemed to agree with what I wrote in last week's Hunt Report. The Lions offense might be hurting because Detroit is too stubborn with the run game early. McCosky contends the best way for the team to get back on track might be to embrace their passing game. Either way, he says, the team must be efficient no matter what course they take. —Detroit News.
- Ndamukong Suh has been stomping mad all week. First, it was a flap over stats. Now, he's upset reporters are bringing up last year's Thanksgiving stomp of Green Bay lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh says he wants to move on from the event, because the past is the past. We'll see if he can channel all this anger in the right way when it comes to pressuring Aaron Rodgers. —Detroit News
- We'll wrap things up this week with a final word from Dominic Raiola, a man with many unique opinions. Raiola says it's "disrespectful" to count the Lions out of the playoff hunt despite their 4-5 record, because many teams are still in the hunt. The Lions' center does admit though, for Detroit to be taken a bit more seriously nationally, they need to start winning bigger games. The opportunity certainly exists the next week and a half. —Detroit Free Press.