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Behind Big Men Up Front, Packers "D" Shuts Down Detroit

The Packers held the the 4th ranked scoring offense in the NFL to just 9 points Sunday
The Lions entered Lambeau Field Sunday 6th in the NFL in total offense per game (404.8 yards) and 4th in scoring average (30.5).  They left Lambeau Field Sunday with just 9 points, 286 yards of offense, and a loss.

"We've been striking people in the 3rd quarter, but closing out that 4th quarter is something we have been emphasizing," said Mike Neal who started his first game at OLB and recorded a sack 6 tackles vs. Detroit.  "We were able to play a complete game.  I think every player from the back end down to the front seven did a good job."

It helped that Detroit's best offensive player, WR Calvin Johnson, was inactive with a knee injury.

"Everyone felt that his presence wasn't there on the field," said CB Tramon Williams.  "We know we will see him the next time around.  It didn't change anything that we did.  We stuck to the same game plan and went out and we executed."

A lot of attention was on how the Packers would contain Reggie Bush this week, and for good reason.  The new Lions running back came into the week with 433 total yards, even after missing 1 1/2 games with a knee injury.  Sunday Green Bay held him to just 69 total yards.

"Everything revolves around those guys, those big guys up front," said ILB A.J. Hawk who led the team with 9 tackles.  "Every single play I'm trying to congratulate them and tell them how good they're doing because they make our job so much easier.  Just look at them.  They are big ol' dudes that work hard and have a lot of fun."

The Packers sacked Matthew Stafford five times, after he'd only been sacked three times all year.

Whether it's pass rush, or stopping the run, Hawk says the resurgent defensive line deserves a lot of credit for plays being made around them.

"Everyone is very disciplined and does their job," said Hawk.  "You can't really put a stat on that."

The Packers improved to 2-2 and that stat is enough for veteran DL Ryan Pickett and his line-mates.

"We are definitely going to do our job.  We take pride in stopping the run.  So far this year we've been taking care of business."
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