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Lions prove punchless with star on sidelines


Lions receiver Calvin Johnson watches the Detroit-Green Bay game from the sidelines with a knee injury.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions didn't have All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson for Sunday's 22-9 loss at Green Bay, and they didn't play like a team that ranks in the top 10 in yards from scrimmage.

Coach Jim Schwartz said there was a lot more to the loss — the Lions' first against an NFC North opponent this season — than the missing superstar.

"We didn't get the job done," he said Monday. "It wasn't because Calvin didn't play in the game. There were a lot of other times we could've executed a little better.

"Calvin wasn't the reason we didn't have any turnovers on defense."

With Johnson out with a knee injury, Green Bay focused on running back Reggie Bush, who finished with just 69 all-purpose yards a week after piling up 173 in a victory over Chicago.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford also was sacked five times; he'd only been sacked three in the team's first four games.

"We took a lot of negative plays and when we've played well on offense we haven't had those negative plays," Schwartz said. "All of those put us in some tough situations."

Bush said the offense knew Johnson was going to be a game-time decision throughout last week — he injured a knee during the win over Chicago — and didn't think it made a difference.

"This one's on the offense," he said after the loss. "We'll take this one on our shoulders."

Schwartz didn't say much to update the condition of Johnson's knee, but said the injury is not related to a knee problem that limited Johnson's play during training camp and the preseason.

For now, the team will be taking a wait-and-see approach.

"We'll just see how it comes," the coach said. "We've been through that before with him. He set an NFL record last year and he had very limited practice time for a very significant portion of that.

Late Sunday

OAKLAND — Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson turned this rare late-night start into an Oakland Raiders celebration.

Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17 on Sunday night.

Pryor got the Raiders (2-3) off to a fast start in the latest West Coast game in NFL history with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater on Oakland's first play from scrimmage.

The Raiders then used five turnovers, a goal-line stand, Woodson's 25-yard return of Danny Woodhead's fumble, and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to beat the Chargers (2-3).

The game was shifted to a late-night start to allow time to convert the Coliseum to its football configuration after the Oakland Athletics played a baseball playoff game there Saturday night. The process took about 18 hours.

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