DETROIT (AP) — Although the Detroit Lions were pleased with their victory over Chicago last weekend, the game's last few minutes highlighted a potential trouble spot.
With cornerbacks Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis sidelined because of injuries, the Lions allowed two late touchdowns before holding on for a 40-32 win. Now the secondary has another challenge on the horizon — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this weekend.
"Aaron Rodgers is a whole 'nother animal on the field," Detroit cornerback Darius Slay said. "Smart, very, very, very accurate. It's our goal to slow him down."
The Lions (3-1) intercepted three of Jay Cutler's passes Sunday, but Mathis was shaken up early and didn't return, and Houston injured his hamstring. Cutler threw for two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes — as well as two 2-point conversions — to add a bit of drama to the finish.
"We weren't in prevent mode," coach Jim Schwartz said. "There are a couple plays that we could have played better in there."
Schwartz said Mathis was held out as a precaution but passed a concussion test. He's been back at practice. Houston, however, did not practice Thursday.
Green Bay (1-2) has struggled to start the season. Rodgers threw two interceptions in a loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 22. Then the Packers had a weekend off.
Still, Green Bay's lone victory was a reminder of how dangerous its offense can be. In a 38-20 win over Washington in Week 2, Rodgers went 34 of 42 for 480 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.
"We know they're going to make plays with Aaron Rodgers. We're just trying to slow them down, create turnovers, sack them," Slay said. "We know he likes to get rid of the ball fast, so we're going to try to tighten up our coverages."