After a dismal season, the Packers last week still seemed to be focused on winning against the Jets in New York. I would imagine they are going to take the same approach with this upcoming game being a divisional rival at Lambeau Field. Comments after the game seemed to indicate a good chemistry between interim coach Joe Philbin and QB Aaron Rodgers. It could be because Rodgers has a lot of respect for Philbin. However, it could also be that Rodgers feels he has leverage and control of the team more so under Philbin than with McCarthy.
In related news, the Packers recently interviewed Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano for the coaching position. Before you get to worried though – it will be a long process with plenty more names floating around in the future. Especially once the season ends and NFL rules will allow interaction with those currently employed in the league.
From @gmfb: The #Packers got a head start on the coaching search process, interviewing former coaches Jim Caldwell (62-50 record even with the 2-14 post-Peyton year) and Chuck Pagano (hear him, Packers fans https://t.co/dKOFpE15TL) pic.twitter.com/ppt1ckP2zH
Another recent interview for the Packers https://t.co/rUXyzsPGH5
As a reminder, Davante Adams will potentially match or top Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record for catches in a season. We’ll see how much trouble fellow Pro Bowler Lions CB Darius Slay gives him. It should be exciting to see this happen at home in Green Bay. Also, if you’re a Randall Cobb fan, you might want to enjoy him while he lasts. Although I doubt he will be missed by most of the fan base. Additionally, Rodgers will need 228 yds to finish this season at a career high.
The Lions won the last meeting earlier in the season 31-23. The Packers also lost both meetings with the Lions in the 2017 season. Once again, the game will only be broadcast over air around Wisconsin and Michigan. If you do not have NFL Sunday Ticket, be sure to plan ahead any online streaming options for the game.
Key defensive players Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, Nick Perry, Muhammad Wilkerson & Kevin King will be out. You can view the injury report for week 17 at Packers.com