It wasn’t entirely pretty, but the Green Bay Packers got what they needed from the Detroit Lions. They got a 34-27 win where their offense actually looked like they knew what they were doing at times.
There’s still plenty of work for the Packers to do, though. That starts with getting healthy, which the bye week provides an opportunity to do.
We’re not going to get over excited about one good game from Aaron Rodgers, but it now looks like the secondary may be the Packers’ biggest issue.
Let’s get on with it.
Outside of the amazing interception/strip in the first half, Damarious Randall should be embarrassed of himself. Two weeks in a row, the Packers’ de facto No. 1 cornerback has played awful. In Minnesota, Randall was exposed by Stefon Diggs. Against Detroit, he was exposed by Marvin Jones, who turned in six catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Opposing offenses take note (we’re sure they already have). If you need a big play in the passing game, just find Damarious Randall on the field and throw at him.
Wow is really all I can say. Nick Perry dominated the Lions on Sunday. More impressive, he did it with Clay Matthews and Datone Jones sidelined. Seven tackles and two sacks was Perry’s line. He’s always been good against the run and nothing has changed there, but Perry has become a playmaker. He was in Matthew Stafford’s face all game long. If Perry stays healthy and continues to play like this, he’s going to land himself that handsome new contract he clearly wants.
Well, it’s one game, but I certainly noticed something from Jordy Nelson that I hadn’t seen yet this season. He actually blew by a guy and created some separation. That’s how Jordy made his money, but the speed hadn’t really shown up yet this season. It did on Sunday and it was reflected in Nelson’s stat line: six catches in seven targets, 101 yards and two touchdowns. That was probably a welcome sight for Aaron Rodgers, who not coincidentally had his best game since early in the 2015 season.
So the Green Bay Packers can indeed operate with more than three receivers on the field or in the rotation. Who would have thunk that?! For the first time this season, the Packers actually gave some receivers not named Nelson, Cobb or Adams some real playing time. Both Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery got their most significant action to date. It didn’t show up in the box score, but the offense had its best game of the season and clearly mixing things up helped. Davis drew a 66-yard pass interference penalty that led to a score. The Packers need more of this on offense.
Through the first two games of the season, Eddie Lacy may as well of had his face on a milk carton. Sure, he was out there, but Buffoon refused to run him. That finally changed in week 3, when Lacy got a season-high 17 carries and ran for 103 yards. Lacy’s second-half performance allowed the Packers to hold off the Lions’ fast and furious comeback.
5 thoughts of my own:
1. It was a dome team on grass which has a 1-19 record vs. Packers in Green Bay in the last 20 years.
2. The Lions incompetently played zone the first half which practically gifted the game to Rodgers.
3. The Lions were much more battered and injured including missing their top two defenders including one who is a legit D player of the year candidate (Ansah). Sure, Packers did not have Matthews but, even when he is on the PEDs, he is a couple rungs below Ansah.
4. Despite the injury differential, the home field advantage for the Packers, a dome team on grass, and the nearly incomprehensible zone defense, the Lions were close to winning this game.
5. TT is still a poor single-faceted GM, MM is still an egotistical control freak who is a poor coach, and Rodgers is still an immature brat and a poor teammate.
Actual thoughts going through Killer’s empty head;
*Blowing hot air
I’m still waiting for the day when a Green Bay punter steps on the field and the entire fan base is not waiting for the latest shank. There is nobody better than these last 2 punters?
No shit, huh? How about the snap that almost sailed over his head? That’s what happens when you switch your punter and long snapper because they are marginal pieces that can be changed out at the drop of a hat. Waiting for the inevitable shanks to come at the most unfortunate times is going to add something to the games as the season goes on.
As I mentioned in another thread, Jones and Diggs are currently 1-2 in receiving yard thanks in no small part to Randall. It might be fun to track each game to see how many receivers move up and are close to or top 10 after playing against Packers D. Even if that happens, who are they going to replace Randall with?
1 – The Packers DO NOT NEED A RUNNING GAME to have a successful offense. This is 1960’s thinking that the run will help set-up the pass (if Rodgers had taken the same approach into the 2nd half — Green Bay could have won this game 63-0). I’ve been saying it for 6 fucking years — when you have Aaron Rodgers you DONT NEED TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. But Mike McCarthy INSISTS on running a 50/50 run-to-pass spread on offense — this is consequently the most pathetic notion from a professional coach I’ve ever seen or heard. So let’s essentially split our offense with the games most talented player with that of the games most overweight/non-athletic player and hope for the best. Great thinking Mike. This is why Rodgers never throws for high yardage totals and why this offense will never again lead the NFL under Mike McCarthy. This is a west coast offense carrying a RB who needs 20 carries to be effective — how is that efficient? Eddie Lacy should not be touching the ball 20 fucking times — I don’t care how out of range the score is.
2 – Mike McCarthy, YET AGAIN, played the conservative/bitch role trying to run out the clock at half-time and AGAIN what happened? Detroit found a way to get back into the fucking game because…..AGAIN….Green Bay scored ZERO fucking touchdowns in the second-half and lost all rhythm in the passing offense —- hmmmm weird, reminds me of a playoff game in Seattle we lost too. Until this mentality changes on offense — nothing will change for the Pack. Congratulations for beating up on a piss poor opponent (at home) where your All World QB still couldn’t top 250 yards. I sware….someone is going to look back 30 years from now and wonder why Aaron Rodgers yardage totals and overall numbers are so low and a big fat picture of McCarthy will need to explain how he single handedly fucked up the games greatest players career.
3 – Randall Cobb is yet again — nonexistent in the offense. Jordy Nelson being back sure didn’t help Cobb get open underneath or help his drops woes. Ever since he got paid — he’s tanked. Watching Cobb on tape he gets ZERO separation and is hardly ever able to beat his man off the line in man-coverage. Jared Cook got hurt (AGAIN) and looks like a complete non-factor in the offense — so it’s back to Richie Rodgers again (yawn). For the exception of Jordy Nelson (and Rodgers) — what other consistent playmakers are there in this offense?
4 – What is it with this team and getting up big at half-time and just coasting? That goes for the defense too. How does Matt fucking Stafford go off for almost 400 yards and 3 TD’s? The defensive unit played prevent defense from the beginning of the 3rd Q on and almost ended up giving Marvin Lewis (who the fuck is Marvin Lewis) a modern day record for most yards by a Detroit WR vs Green Bay — what the fuck is that all about? Not only does the offense take the entire second-half off but apparently the defense does too.
5 – I’m Back??? How is throwing 15-24 (and zero second half production) being back? You got rid of the ball quicker (finally) and hit Jordy a few times — but Back? To what form?
Here’s some “BACK STATS” for everyone….this is the from the NFL’s most talented player and best overall QB…
Passing Yards — 617 (ranked 25th)
Attempts —- 94 (ranked 23rd)
Yards Per/Game —- 205.7 (ranked 30th — dead last in the NFL)
PCT —- 58.5 (55-94 passing) ranked 30th in the NFL
Please, please, please —- someone look at those numbers and tell me how they are remotely possible with the games best player? How is that even possible? Eddie Lacy has 43 carries (15th most in the NFL) he’s almost touching the ball more than Rodgers!!!!! Think about that — just think about that. Think about this offense being spread 50-to-50 run/pass and just think how utterly ridiculous that is in today’s game.
1. D Randall needs to be benched
2. Clinton-Dix needs to wake up and play defense
3. Our secondary needs to intercept balls that are IN THEIR HANDS!!
4. Rodgers looked mediocre when Jared Cook left the game
5. Good win going into the bye, hopefully we work on some of these issues
You can trace most of the problems to The Cadaver Ted Thompson & his asinine refusal to ever upgrade this teams talent. His drafts are POOR at best & we all know he never signs a free agent. How he became a GM I’ll never understand it. Sure isn’t his personality. He’s as engaging as a Tree Sloth. Rodgers fell in his clueless lap, or he is out the door years ago. And remember who Hired McTwinkie, good ol’ Ted. He liked his “Macho” voice “WAAAAAAA”???? How bout noticing he was OC for a 1-15 team, TED!!! THOMPSON SUX A$$, I cant scream that loud enough.
“The Cadaver” and “He’s as engaging as a Tree Sloth” is some brilliant word-crafting! I commend you!
Maybe if there is enough pressure on geriatric Ted to FIRE the peanut M&M, he’ll lure the Austin Peay HC for Packer Job, cuz he likes the shirts he wears??????? BEVIS & BUTTHEAD (TT, MM) just sucking life out of Americas True Team/Packer Nation!!!! WAKE UP MURPH, quit riding the Pep Rally Bus and clean house……and make a run at Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher. The Green Bay Packers deserve BETTER.