Good, Bad and Ugly: Lambeau Losers

Matthew Stafford (USA Today Sports)

The Detroit Lions extended their Wisconsin winless streak with a 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Lions' insider Mike Mady provides the good, bad and ugly from the team's latest loss.

The Detroit Lions extended their Wisconsin winless streak with a 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The Lions fell to 4-9 on the season and have now lost five consecutive games. The team is winless within the division (0-5) and have only one divisional contest -- a matchup with the Chicago Bears at Ford Field -- remaining.

Let's take a closer look at the team's latest loss in a disappointing season with this week's Good, Bad and Ugly.

The Good – The Fight

Entering the game with a 4-8 record and virtually no chance at the postseason, the Lions could have come out flat. Instead, they stormed to a 14-0 lead, methodically controlled the ball in the first half and gave themselves a strong chance of winning.

It turned out to be all for not, however, as Detroit failed and once again left Lambeau as losers - a place they haven't won since 1992 - but the loss wasn't a product of poor effort.

In fact, a recap of the game would illustrate the Lions did enough win.

The Lions defense held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. to only 20 points, 288 yards and 15 first downs.

On offense, the Lions outgained the Packers, had more first downs, had a better third-down conversion rate and even scored the same amount of offensive points. They also had a significant edge of time of possession, holding the ball for 37:14 compared to Green Bay's 22:46

There are no moral victories hidden in a 4-9 record but, the dim silver lining is that the Lions continue to fight and remain ever so close.

The Bad – Self Inflicted Wounds

The story of the Lions 2012 season will start with self inflicted wounds and the team continued that trend in Sunday night's loss.

Three unforced errors played a monumental role in seven-point defeat.

It started in the third quarter, on the Lions third offensive drive. The team had already orchestrated two touchdown drives, both eating clock and yardage. The Lions appeared on their way to a third scoring drive.

Inside Green Bay territory, faced with a first-down, Matthew Stafford cocked back the ball but flung an empty hand forward. The football slipped from his hands and fell to the ground as a live ball. Stafford attempted to corral the loose ball but mishandled into the waiting arms of Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels who rumbled 43 yards for the touchdown.

On the next drive, the Lions were again moving the ball. Seven plays and 39 yards had them in Packers territory once again. They needed only six yards to put Hanson in realistic field goal range and had a fresh set of downs.

On first down, Stafford attempted a deep pass to Kris Durham, however, Stafford was expecting a skinny post and Durham thought it best to go deep. The result: an interception.

Even with all that, had Jason Hanson connected on a 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, the Lions would have had a chance at the end of the game. Instead, Hanson's kick was just short of the uprights.

The Ugly – Attrition of Pass Catchers

When it comes to targets for Stafford, the Lions have Superstar receiver Calvin Johnson and a revolving door.

The team has lost receivers Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles and Titus Young throughout the season and have been forced to test their depth. One of the ways the team has been able to compensate is by leaning on their tight ends but even that position took a hit.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew – the team's second leading receiver with 57 receptions – left the game with an injury early.

Stafford has attempted 579 passes this season, so it will be important for the Lions to ensure he has targets to throw to.

As of now, the team's next leading pass catcher is running back Joique Bell with 39 catches. Tight end Tony Scheffler and running back Mikel Leshoure have 30 and 26 receptions, respectively.

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