COMMENTARY | The Lions (3-2) were able to win without Reggie Bush a couple of weeks ago, but they could not get the same result against the Green Bay Packers (2-2) on Sunday, October 6 without wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
The Lions didn't score a touchdown until the waning minutes of the game as Matthew Stafford looked lost without his No. 1 target.
Here are three things we learned in the Lions' 22-9 Week 5 loss to the Packers.
Defense holds Packers offense for most of game
One of the big questions coming into this game was how the Lions defensive line would do against the Packers offensive line. Aaron Rodgers already had been sacked 10 times coming into this game, but the offensive line allowed just one sack on Sunday against the Lions.
Rodgers still passed for 274 yards and one touchdown, but the Packers had to settle for five field goals. The Lions were within a touchdown of the Packers for the majority of the game, but the Packers broke the game open late in the third quarter.
The Packers ground game gashed the Lions defense as Eddie Lacy had 23 carries for 99 yards, and Randall Cobb added 72 yards on two carries.
It's an accomplishment for sure to hold Rodgers to one touchdown, but Lacy and Cobb picked up the slack as Rodgers had a very average game.
No Calvin Johnson, no offense
Calvin Johnson was ruled out prior to the start of this game, and it would be interesting to see if the Lions offense could be productive without him. Answer: They can't.
Reggie Bush had just 44 yards rushing -- including nine in the first half -- and the Lions abandoned the run game early. The problem was they didn't have another receiver step up in Johnson's absence. With Johnson and Nate Burleson out, the Lions have absolutely no depth at receiver.
Brandon Pettigrew led all receivers with 59 yards on four catches. I will give Pettigrew credit. He had some nice catches and even leaped a defender on one catch, but you know something is wrong if Pettigrew is leading the way offensively.
We saw how different the offense was without Bush, and it's even worse when Johnson isn't in the lineup. Kevin Ogletree, who the Lions signed earlier this week, had two catches for 20 yards. I didn't think he would be much of a factor, and he certainly wasn't.
Stafford also didn't get the protection he was accustomed to seeing this season. The Packers sacked him five times after Stafford had been sacked just three times in the four previous games.
Sam Martin was the best performer
The Lions didn't have a lot of positives in this game, but one positive was punter Sam Martin. Martin had six punts and averaged 51.8 yards per punt.
He was a big part in giving the Packers poor field position, but the Lions could never take advantage of that field position.
The Lions travel to Cleveland next week in what should be a better matchup, especially if they can get Johnson back. The Lions still sit atop the NFC North as the Chicago Bears lost to the New Orleans Saints.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Lions for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.
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