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Ndamukong Suh: Packers aren’t perfect, Lions are at their level

Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions smiles while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says his teammates have no reason to be intimidated about their Thanksgiving showdown with the Packers.

“By all means, do I think our team is at their level, to be able to play against them,” Suh said in a conference call with the Green Bay media. “I don’t see them as a golden-perfect team. Everybody has flaws in this league, but everybody has great things they do. It’s just a matter of eliminating mistakes on our time and on our team and causing them to make as many mistakes as possible.”

Based on the two Packers-Lions games last year, Suh can make a good case about the Lions being on the Packers’ level: The teams played two essentially even games last year, with the Packers winning 28-26 in Green Bay and the Lions winning 7-3 in Detroit. But we have a lot more than those two games to use to evaluate these two teams, and it’s hard to see how any objective observer could say the undefeated Packers aren’t a better team than the Lions.

So Suh’s statement that the Lions are on the Packers’ level would seem to be going overboard. But he’ll have a chance to back up his statement on Thursday.