Five More Thoughts On Packers’ 31-23 Loss To Lions
It was hard to type that. The Green Bay Packers have lost to the Detroit Lions too many times in recent memory.
I kept telling myself that the Detroit Lions would be the Detroit Lions. In other words, they would find a way to lose. Because they are the Detroit Lions and that’s what the Detroit Lions do. They find a new and fantastic way to lose each and every year.
But no amount of historical ineptitude would save the Green Bay Packers from their own ineptitude on this day.
One of two things happens from here on out.
- It’s the normal slow start, the Packers turn it around and that’s that.
- The Packers go in the tank and this is the end of the Mike McCarthy era.
I think most of us agree that No. 2 should have already come and gone. As one of my boys pointed out on Sunday, you see the Sean McVays and Matt Nagys of the league and you realize that the league has passed you by.
But let’s get on with it.
Blame It On The Defense?
That was my first reaction after watching the game. After shutting out the Buffalo Bills (who are crap), how do you give up 24 points in the first half to the Leos? Well, you throw a bullshit, phantom turnover on a punt, two Aaron Rodgers’ fumbles, three missed field goals and you make a stew. That stew will smell like shit. If the Lions were worth a shit, they would have been up by 48 going into the half. The Packers’ defense actually only gave up 94 rushing yards and 170 passing yards. The Packers outgained the Lions 521 to 264. It wasn’t the defense on this day, although it may have initially looked like it.
Kevin King? Don’t Know
If there’s one guy who is an enigma on the Packers’ defense, it’s cornerback Kevin King. On this play, he’ll make an insanely great and athletic play. On the next play, he’ll get burnt like Mark Lee. If you remember Mark Lee, then let me tell you this. I nicknamed him Toast. Because he always got burnt. Thing is, Mark Lee had some skills. He was fast and athletic. From time to time, he would show up and shut a motherfucker down, make a play that was bonkers. Mostly, however, he’d just be Toast. So far, that’s what I think of Kevin King. And if that is to be, at least take Walter Payton or whoever is playing running back for Shitcago and show him where he needs to sit.
Enough With This Running Back Buffoonery
AARON JONES IS THE GUY, BUFFOON! Get it through your buffoonish, gravy-filled head. How could it not be more obvious, you gravy-fried fat fuck?!! Everyone knows it. Hand the goddam rock to Aaron Jones. Just do it, Gravy Head! Just fucking do it, Gravy Head! So tired of stating the obvious every goddam week. Yes, Jamaal Williams had the rare decent week, but Jones was Jones. He has 5.7 per carry and caught two for 19. It’s almost as if you fed the ball to that guy, you might be effective offensively. Did the guy have a touch in the second half? Not that I noticed. I mean, fuck me with your idiocy.
Rookies, Rookies, Rookies…
Well, we all know Aaron Rodgers didn’t want to deal with rookie receivers. He had no choice on Sunday. Randall Cobb was down. Geronimo Allison was down. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and, surprisingly, Equanimeous St. Brown were up. Valdes-Scantling has got some snaps as the No. 4 guy this year. St. Brown has gotten nothing, That is, until Sunday. St. Brown played 60 snaps. His first 60 snaps of the year. He caught three balls for 89 yards. Valdes-Scantling played 77 snaps. He caught seven for 68 and a touch. Interestingly, J’Mon Moore, the rookie who got snaps last week, got the fewest of the trio. He had just 14 plays on offense.
Getting It Going?
When the Packers were given a chance on offense, they actually took care of business. It was mostly the passing offense. A week after complaining about the game plan, Aaron Rodgers got it going, despite the aforementioned rookie receivers. Rodgers left some yards on the field, for sure. He also managed to build up the guys he was complaining about lacking in the game plan. Davante Adams went for nine and 140. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught six for 76. Those were the two guys he wanted involved and they were. So no complaints there this week.