Allen Park — Unprovoked, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers brought up Lions linebackers DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch during a teleconference Wednesday.
With five straight 100-tackle seasons, Tulloch has plenty of respect around the NFL and is a steady leader for the Lions defense.
Levy's play appears to be trending up in his sixth season, and after leading all linebackers with six interceptions in 2013, he's starting to receive more attention nationally.
"I think DeAndre has really made himself into a guy who is going to consistently be considered for the Pro Bowl," Rodgers said during his response to a question about his 9-1 record against the Lions.
Levy had the best season of his career in 2013 with career highs in tackles (119) interceptions (six) and passes defensed (15).
"He's grown so much as a player," Tulloch said. "If he keeps playing the way he's playing now, (and) they rob him for the Pro Bowl, I might go to the NFL office myself and figure out what's going on. Because he deserves it."
Levy had 10 tackles and an interception in Week 1 against the Giants, a game that earned him his first NFC defensive player of the week honor.
"Sometimes when you make (plays) against the right people at the right time on the right stage, people look at it different," safety Glover Quin said.
Levy had seven tackles in Week 2 against the Panthers, and though he's proven to be a sure tackler, his coverage skills are what stands out most to teammates. His interception against the Giants was a diving catch in which he corralled the ball on his way to the ground. Many of his interceptions last year came on plays in which he looked like a cornerback in coverage.
"I don't think there's any other linebacker in the NFL that can cover better than DeAndre Levy, to be honest with you," Tulloch said.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell recalled a play in Week 15 last season against the Ravens, where he coached, that Levy diagnosed better than others. The play, Caldwell said, was designed specifically to fool linebackers.
"I think it's because he's instinctive and that he has a real good knack for finding the ball, but he does it in an unassuming way," Caldwell said.
Tulloch described his teammate as someone who's constantly in the weight room and puts an emphasis on not making the same mistake twice.
"He just works," Tulloch said. "He's all business."
That's why Levy doesn't get caught up in any talk about postseason honors. He's too busy trying to improve his game and challenging himself to take the next step.
And he hopes to show more improvement against the Packers and live up to the praise.
"That's a good compliment coming from such a player like a Rodgers because he's one of the best players in the game today," Levy said. "I appreciate that, but we've got to win this game."