When defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham joined coach Jim Schwartz's staff in 2009, the Lions were coming off a 0-16 season. That first year, they blitzed heavily with a weak defensive line and finished 2-14, including a ranking of 32nd on defense. In two defeats against Green Bay, the Lions blitzed five or more 38.6% and 39%. Gradually, Cunningham has stopped blitzing Aaron Rodgers. His blitz numbers in the Green Bay games were 28% and 11.1% in 2010, 16.7% and 15.7% in 2011 and an incredible 0% and 0% a year ago. "They haven't pressured very much," QB coach Ben McAdoo said. "There are some down and distances and some areas of the field where maybe a little more than others, but not like they used to.
Detroit has been good about not making a big deal of having not won in Wisconsin since 1991. But there is something about the ghosts of a place where a team hasn’t won in a long time -- especially when the opponent happens to be good -- that can sometimes creep into a team’s head. Green Bay has been a mess of sorts for Detroit, full of close calls and heartbreaking defeats. That said, if Detroit wins this week, it’ll place itself in legitimate conversation to be a playoff contender the rest of the season.
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