It started out ugly but the Green Bay Packers pulled out yet another early victory and swept the season series against the Detroit Lions with a 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field.
It was a rather unusual win for the Packers. They gained nearly as many yards on the ground as they did through the air and after 35 consecutive games, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not throw a touchdown pass at Lambeau Field.
The emergence of the running game was the story of this contest, as well as the Packers not panicking after spotting Detroit an early 14-0 lead. They showed once again that no team handles adversity better than they do and that will serve them well going into the playoffs. If the running game can continue to grow, then Rodgers will go from being deadly to unstoppable. A solid Packers rushing attack is the last thing many opponents want to see.
Here are the good and not-so-good performances from the game against the Lions.
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WR Randall Cobb
What else can be said about Randall Cobb that has not already been said?
On a night where the Packers pretty much ran the ball better than they threw it, Cobb was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 107 yards including another incredible one handed grab that has gone from stunning to borderline ho-hum for the budding superstar out of Kentucky.
Once Jordy Nelson returns to health, the Packers will once again be at full strength at the receiver position and with a decent running game possibly now in tow, the Packers very well could be hitting their stride offensively at the perfect time. If the running game takes some pressure off of Cobb, then look out.
RB Alex Green