A statistical review of Week 4 Thursday Night Football: Detroit Lions roll over the struggling Green Bay Packers

2RY72WG Detroit Lions' David Montgomery runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Detroit Lions descended upon Lambeau Field and emerged victorious for the second time this calendar year, beating the Green Bay Packers 34-20 on Thursday night.

Here is our initial statistical review of the game.

Game Summary

According to our new noise-canceled score metric, the game was just as lopsided as it looked. The Packers couldn’t move the ball because they failed on early downs. While they had some success via third-down conversions in the second half, it was still not enough to fight back against a comfortable Lions lead.

Passing summary

Neither passing offense was particularly efficient, but the Lions made just enough plays and were better at avoiding sacks and interceptions than the Packers.

Receiving summary

The Lions distributed the ball well, with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs all getting five or more targets.

Romeo Doubs saw by far the most targets and yards for the Packers, as his 13 targets were more than all of Green Bay's other wide receivers combined.

Rushing summary

The rushing statistics also show that the Lions dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, as they were able to run the ball well, while the Green Bay Packers were not.


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