Five More: Packers 30, Lions 20
That’s four division titles in a row for the Green Bay Packers, after they outlasted a somewhat game Detroit Lions squad 30-20 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Do you know when the last time the Lions won a division title? I’ll tell ya.
It was 1993.
The NFC North wasn’t even in existence then. It was still the NFC Central. Futility, thy name is Detroit Lions.
Here are five more thoughts on the game.
Had to lead with this. The Packers marched right down the field on their opening drive, thanks in large part to Eddie Lacy. Then they met their nemesis — 1st and goal. In fact, they had two 1st and goal to go situations on the drive. The first ended when Aaron Rodgers tried for Jordy Nelson on third down and a holding penalty was called on Detroit. First and goal from the 1, from there. So, John Kuhn run, two passes and then an Eddie Lacy run on fourth down. From the 1, you run it at least twice on the first three downs and then if you don’t get the touch, you kick the field goal at this point in the game. Oh, and you run it with Lacy, not with Kuhn against the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL. Didn’t I just say something like this last week? Is this fucking deja vu? C’mon, Buffoon! Thank god Rodgers took it in himself, rather than letting Buffoon out buffoon himself on the goal-to-go situation in the second half.
We’ve been more than happy to ride rookie tight end Richard Rodgers this season. While the local media hacks were anointing him the second coming of Paul Coffman, we knew rookie tight ends rarely make an impact, especially in Green Bay. Predictably, Rodgers was invisible all season. In fact, he was awful at times. Now, he didn’t exactly tear it up on Sunday, but he made some big catches, finishing with five for 40 yards. He also made a hell of a catch for a first down with some Lions’ jackwagon draped all over him, at which point I said, “Atta boy, Dick!” Best game of the year by DickRodge. Maybe he’s finally getting it and if so, just in time.
We mentioned that the Packers defense tackled pretty well in our post game coverage. They played with emotion and guys were flying to the ball. Then there was cornerback Casey Hayward. He had four tackles on the day. He had one really nice one-on-one stop for a loss. He was also the guy who stuck out as missing the most tackles. Like typical Packers defender crap. Run up to a guy, half-heartedly throw and arm at him or dive at his legs and get run right over. It was again clear why Davon House surpassed Hayward on the depth chart this season. Hopefully, House can return from his shoulder injury for the playoffs. Hayward is, at times, a liability out there.
Hey, good things happen when Brad Jones is on the field! Let’s put Brad Jones on the field some more! This fucking dick didn’t show up in the box score, but his play is nonetheless burned into our brains. You saw the penalty. The needless hit to Butterball’s helmet that turned into a 15-yard personal foul, a first down and allowed the Lions to score a touchdown right before half on a drive that was otherwise dead. Yes, that strict interpretation of the rule is bullshit. Yes, Butterball is a fucking pussy. But more so, Brad Jones is a fucking moron. He clearly did not have to hit Butterball on the side of his helmet. Why is this guy on the field? Why is this guy EVER on the field? Does no one on the Packers coaching staff remember how completely atrocious he was early in the season? Enough with Brad Jones already!
Remember when the Packers had a third receiver? Just last season they had a guy named James Jones who was pretty good. Now they have… no one. After a solid 2013 season, Jarrett Boykin apparently forgot how to tie his shoes. He had three catches for 23 yards. All season! Then there’s Davante Adams, who will show up once in a while. He finished the season with 38 catches for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Since his “breakout” game against New England (six for 121), Adams has a total of four receptions for 29 yards. On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers completed passes to only four guys — Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, DickRodge and Eddie Lacy. Hey, the Packers have been winning all season with just two receivers, but the lack of production is astonishing after those guys. It was only magnified on Sunday when only four guys and just two receivers caught passes. We’d hate to see what would happen if Nelson or Cobb got hurt.