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.
Yep yep yep! There is just no passing game outside of Cobb and Nelson! Been saying it all year! Another receiver would be the difference in a game against the Seahacks. They’ll shut down Cobb and Nelson, just like they did before, and while Lacy will play even better it’s just not enough to put 20+ points on the board. Best hope is to believe the D will do it’s part in completely shutting out Seattle.
Did TT not offer a contract to J. Jones? Well, he is the best GM is he not? I’ve got to give it to him, he sure misses on obvious stuff each year . . . Even the BEST can fuck up! And oh boy! he certainly did . . . Hell, why is he not giving Janis a shot in these games? Boykin certainly has not been contributing much. And did Janis not look pretty good at Kick return in the Pre season as well? So you would go from a player that is showing NO GROWTH to a player that could show something. It would have been nice. Or is Janis being sandbagged until the playoffs?
Play Janis NOW?! In a fucking playoff game?! Are you fucking NUTS?! I have a lot more faith in Adams and Boykin than I do in someone who’s never played a down of actual professional football (preseason doesn’t count).
Furthermore, Adams has shown he can produce when we really need him to. Yeah, he makes rookie mistakes in arguably THE MOST COMPLICATED OFFENSIVE SCHEME IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Ya know something? He is a ROOKIE.
Finally, ya think that maybe Adams doesn’t get a lot of targets because Jordy and Cobb are open so often because maybe, just maybe, they’re that damned good?
No Phatgzus! Have you no savvy? Sarcasm for the fact that Janis got NEXT TO NOTHING ALL YEAR LONG. I believe he has potential (my frustration perhaps). As far as Adams? He has a serious case of dropsies. Particularly that pass on a crossing route a few weeks back. So NO Janis does not get the nod at WR for the playoffs! The Packers brain trust gets my ire and sarcasm for not working Janis DURING THE REGULAR SEASON ONLY. Which may have lead to another WEAPON in the playoffs! There are a few other teams that have a few ROOKIE WR’s making their appearances’ in the playoffs however. For the Packers, Adams will, Janis? most likely NO.
We still haven’t won a single Playoff game (nor has Seattle for that matter), please don’t jinx us.
I’m glad you noticed the Brad Jones play too. We can’t be doing that in the playoffs. I’m tired of him, he is a liability out there. I’ve listen to his interviews and he is a nice guy, just not an NFL caliber starter. Keep him on special teams!
Brad Jones=Bad Jones
They have regressed on offense this last month. Things look a little to hard out there right now. Was Devante Adams even targeted yesterday?
I love brad jones and iggles
Everybodys talking about how Boykin has regressed. All didn’t regress he was never allowed to even redeem himself when he dropped some passes early on. James Jones dropped passes in the beginning now Devante dropping passes but he isn’t being repremened like Boykin was. Everybody wanted Devante to take boykin place and once he had a couple of drops and then the groin injury then that opened the door for the second round pick to be implemented. Boykin wasn’t even given enough opportunities to even develop chemistry with AR. It takes more than 3 tries for a person to get on track. Devante getting more opportunities. Boykin played better than Devante in 11 games as an undrafted free agent then Devante has played all year as a second round draft pick. So don’t blam Boykin for his demise, blame the system.
You may have a great point! TT loves to embrace his big picks (to his detriment, see A J Hawk). Where MM loves to play certain people over better players (again see A J Hawk). This could be your reason. Whatever it was, Boykin never got out of his funk. But under those conditions, would anyone?
I like Boykin, he seems like a good dude, and I thought he had the potential to be Donald Driver Lite, maybe even the second coming of, but maybe he’s getting outperformed by Adams in practice and in games. He’s also had opportunities, he’s literally dropped them and now Rodgers REALLY doesn’t trust him (he didn’t trust him much last year, most of his yards were with Flynn and Tolzien whom he gets more reps with and who know his tendencies better). Rodgers is as precise in every possible football-related way (Proverbial) you can be, he doesn’t get to be as good as he is without being like that. Bottom line is, if he doesn’t trust you, it’ likely he ain’t getting you the ball unless you’re open like the ocean. And that’s tough titties for you cause he has two stellar options to rely on.
New nickname for Brad Jones = Canada
That’s where he should be playing football.
Suh suspended one game.
Die, Brad seems somewhat harsh, however this will be Brads last year with the Pack. The good thing for Brad is he will leave with a whole lot of dough and probably two Super Bowl rings. Isn’t America a great place. Were else can you screw up so much shit at your profession and get paid to do so, except maybe being a government employee.
I believe it was Brad ( could be wrong) that had a blatant block in the back on Hydes punt return for the TD. Good thing that was not called.
No Howard, I would say a Wall St. banker ahead of a gov’t employee. They get to gamble millions and billions away (since the Graham-Leach Bliley act of 1999 that removed the Glass Steagall Act from 1933). Then our corrupt politicians’ (especially the ones on the right) rubber stamp it.
Not only that, they get to bet on individuals’ debts. How awesome is that?!
That is some deep shit SUCK for a football site, you must be a government employee. Sorry if I offended you. You do bring up a good point though, it must be that Lang- Bulaga act of week 17 2014 that caused Rodgers to hurt his calf as they are on the RIGHT and Rodgers was scrambling to the RIGHT. What is interesting though is that LEFT tackle Bakhtiari caused the calf problem to Rodgers with his act from week 16 2014. All the while Rodgers is the one that is hurt and all he does is starts in the middle all the time and gets forced left or right because of the actions or inactions from the other side.
Fire Capers, he allowed Megatron to get two touchdowns. MEGATRON! TWO TOUCHDOWNS!!
Fire McCarthy! Why doesn’t he run Lacy on every single play? EVERY SINGLE PLAY, people.
Fire Thompson! Why didn’t he resign James Jones? They guy is tearing it up with the Raiders. They’re gonna win the Superbowl next year because of him. I guarantee it.
We won the division in a big game against the Lions. But who cares? We’ll lose in the playoffs anyways so let’s preemptively fire everyone now. FIRE ‘EM ALL, MONTY!
now you’re saying what we’re all thinking! But seriously this is the nfl where getting to the nfc chapionship game 3 years in a row just aint good enough. They’re all buffons who don’t know anything.
Don’t forget the PA announcer, custodial engineers, and that sunuvabitchin’ cheese curd vendor who provides marinara as a condiment option, let alone condiments as an option at all. We hate options in Green Bay! especially when thy involve reading.
We’re totally fucked if we go into Seattle with the offense not having a third WR option.
Maybe the fans can boo hard when they sub brad jones in so the coaches might get a clue. I don’t know what they see in Jones. Is it that he is simply bigger and faster than Hawk that gets him PT at ILB? Peppers is so smart I think he can play ILB. I feel pretty good with Nick Perry and Mike Neal at OLB so can you imagine Matthews and Peppers in the middle? That would a damn physical lineup with some length to bat down Tony Romo’s sidearm passes.
R Rodgers had a hell of a game. I’d prefer him to Finley still. For TE we need clutch hands more than speed. He caught a crucial first down while being mugged by Lions player. Finley would have dropped that. Quarless has also been clutch with his hands this season. I’d say if the game is on the line, Rodgers has 5 sure hands players to throw to: Cobb, Nelson, Rodgers, Quarless, Lacy. That’s more than you can ever ask for. Adams and Starks still have shaky hands and can’t be counted on to catch the ball in the clutch.
That Lacy Superman catch was awesome, damn shame Rodgers misthrew it, don’t know what it is on short passes, but he looks like a pitcher throwing to first base, if there’s a chink in his armor, short passes are it. I also wish Lacy could somehow manage to hold on to the ball a little better when fighting for extra yards, granted that was a nice play by that Leo.
Agreed on your list, I do think Adams will get over his dropitis, JJ was way worse earlier in his career and he became pretty damn reliable, even relatively regularly spectacular.
I guess I missed Hayward’s missed tackles, I thought he had a helluva game and made at least two great open-field tackles as well as a nice pass defense on a key play late in the game.
wasn’t it Hayward who ran Bush out of bounds and they both crashed into the big kero heater? He brought some violence on that tackle!
That was more Bush pulling on Hayward’s facemask so that he ensured Casey would also be hitting that heater full force. Play was a defensive breakdown and Hayward was the last one to make a play on it, and Bush simply did all he could to make sure he went down hard also.