Lions Notebook: Game Plan, Matchups and More

Several team notes, including Sunday's game plan, matchups to watch, injury report and more.

GAME PLAN

ALLEN PARK - Regardless of what else they might do, the Detroit Lions have to find a way to put a damper on Packers QB Brett Favre and his receivers. The Lions don't blitz a lot and blitzing doesn't slow Favre down a lot anyway, so they're going to have to do it with a solid pass rush and good coverage. Offensively, they need production from RB Kevin Jones to let QB Joey Harrington operate without the pressure of having to carry the entire offense.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Lions WR Roy Williams vs. Packers LCB Ahmad Carroll. Williams is firmly established as the Lions' No. 1 receiver, playing the flanker position. If they hope to get more big plays out of their West Coast offense with coordinator Ted Tollner calling plays, it is likely Williams will play a key role. Carroll is coming off a 19-penalty season.

Lions LT Jeff Backus vs. Packers RDE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Backus struggled in pass protection during the preseason and KGB was among the NFL leaders in QB sacks with 13.5 last season.

Lions CB Dre' Bly vs. Packers QB Brett Favre. Bly is a two-time Pro Bowler but he didn't play the entire preseason at a Pro Bowl level. If he isn't at the top of his game - or takes too many gambles - Favre could make him pay.

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--SS Kenoy Kennedy was signed to give the Lions a strong, physical presence in the secondary. He is nursing a hamstring injury and is likely to play but probably will not be 100 percent.

--FS Terrence Holt will get his first start as the Lions' No. 1 FS. A third-year player, he progressed nicely in the preseason but has to watch himself to avoid foolish penalties.

--QB Dan Orlovsky was the surprise of training camp and completed nearly 54 percent of his passes in four preseason games. But with backup QB Jeff Garcia out with a broken fibula, Orlovsky is the No. 2 behind Joey Harrington. The Lions are hoping he is not forced into duty.

--WR Kevin Johnson has established himself as the No. 3 receiver behind Roy Williams and Charles Rogers with his ability to get open and make the possession-type receptions. With backup QB Jeff Garcia out with a broken fibula, Johnson is also the Lions' emergency No. 3 QB.

--RB Kevin Jones carried the ball only 18 times in three preseason games and sat out the fourth with a mild ankle injury, but the Lions believe he is ready to carry the load in their running game after finishing his rookie season with 1,133 yards and five touchdowns.

INJURY IMPACT

QB Jeff Garcia, the backup to starter Joey Harrington, will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken left fibula and sprained ankle, leaving rookie Dan Orlovsky as the No. 2 QB and WR Kevin Johnson, a former high school and college QB, as the emergency QB ... SS Kenoy Kennedy (hamstring) got limited practice time as the week progressed. He was listed as questionable but will probably play, although he might not be 100 percent ... LB Teddy Lehman (knee) was listed by the Lions as doubtful on Wednesday and it appears unlikely he will play against Green Bay. He did not practice at all last week or the first two days of this week


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