“When you have a hard time getting off the grass, when they’re 4-for-4 in the red zone, when they attempt about 39 runs in the game, that’s some tough sledding,” LaFleur said.
“I think we’ll be better for it.”
The injury news is relatively positive. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who hardly practiced during training camp due to a back injury, seemed to get through his 18 snaps OK. LaFleur is hoping he can practice more this week and take on a larger workload against the Lions.
LaFleur, saying he thought it was a clean hit, hasn’t heard an explanation of Smith’s roughing-the-passer penalty that wiped out an interception by safety Darnell Savage.
Savage left the game with a shoulder injury, but LaFleur said there’s a chance the extra day this week would allow him to play next Monday. Tight end Josiah Deguara, who was down on the field and attended to for quite a while, is in the concussion protocol but otherwise doing fine.
Both the Packers and Lions are 0-1 heading into Week 2 but coming off very different losses. Detroit rallied from a big deficit against San Francisco to get within one score and had the ball in 49ers territory in the final minute.
Green Bay never made those plays to turn its game around.
“Unfortunately sometimes in this league you get humbled,” LaFleur said. “Certainly, we got humbled, and like I said, it’s about how we respond to that.”