Lions' defense will be back in the fire coming out of the break
Allen Park — In the Best Picture film "Forrest Gump," the titular character famously stated, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"
Well, the Detroit Lions know exactly what's awaiting on the horizon, and it's nothing sweet.
"There are so many good quarterbacks and we’re seeing another good one here as we come up – a Hall of Fame kind of guy," defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni said. "That’s no box of chocolates. We’ll have to figure out what we need to do.”
The man Pasqualoni is speaking about is none other than Aaron Rodgers, who the Lions will face in a Monday night tilt in Green Bay coming out of the bye.
After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, the Packers have a new coach and find themselves back in first place in the NFC North with a 3-1 record. Rodgers is off to a decent start in the team's new offensive scheme, completing 62.3 percent of his throws with six touchdowns. And, like always, he's limiting his mistakes, throwing just one interception.
Being divisional rivals, the Lions have seen plenty of Rodgers during his career. This will mark the 19th time he's played against the Lions, and he's been on the winning side 13 of the previous 18 matchups.
But the Lions have had the Packers' number the past two years, winning the previous four matchups. Rodgers started just two of those games, and exited last year's season finale — a 31-0 drubbing at Lambeau Field — in the first quarter.
The Lions will enter the game having made life tough for the first four opposing quarterbacks on the team's schedule, limiting the group to a collective 55.4 completion percentage and an 80.3 passer rating.
If they can limit Rodgers to similar production, Detroit will have a good chance to win its third consecutive road game against Green Bay for the first time since 1988.