Things really came unraveled on Thanksgiving in Detroit. Tramon Williams is seen here as he shoves a referee
Another Thanksgiving Day game between the Packers and Lions is in the books, only this one didn’t turn out anywhere close to what most Packers fans expected.
Some expected the Packers to win and held out hope that quarterback Matt Flynn could carry over his brilliant play from last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Some expected the Lions to win a hard-fought game against a short-handed and down-but-not-out Packers team.
The latter scenario played out, but only in the Lions winning the game. This was not a hard-fought effort by the Packers and they are both down and out right now. Out to lunch, that is. The on-field performance by Green Bay in all phases today flat-out sucked and was, in a word, horrible.
More sloppy play, communication breakdowns, missed tackles and a major lack of execution hampered the Packers as the Lions pulled away comfortably in the second half and on their way to a 40-10 victory. It was Detroit’s first win on Thanksgiving Day since 2003. What a nice 10-year anniversary gift from the Packers to the Lions, eh?
To those who still want to say that the missing link to this team is Aaron Rodgers and that when he returns, everything will be just fine, I say “wake up”. Things are anything but fine in Green Bay right now. If you think I’m overreacting, feel free to stop reading. Also, go watch today’s game again, it its entirety and without skipping any snaps. I’ll wait. Read more... (1899 words + 3 images, estimated 7:36 mins reading time)
How does the average Green Bay Packers fan spend his/her Thanksgiving Day? My guess would be rooting against the Detroit Lions, eating more than one should in the span of an afternoon, and filling up on beer (Leinenkugel, anyone?). While these are all wonderful ways to spend time with friends and family, Thanksgiving is also the holiday where we examine our lives to focus on the things for which we are most grateful.
With that in mind, I’d like to share some of the things I am thankful for when it comes to the 2012 Green Bay Packers:
Ted Thompson’s Personnel Decisions
It seems like every year we praise the efforts of Ted Thompson and his staff to find and acquire talented football players. This year, we were especially grateful that he seemed to take notice of flailing defense in need of some youthful fire. The defense was the team’s Achilles heel in 2011, especially when it came to the passing game. We were not only missing an effective pass rush, but also a healthy, capable secondary.
In response to this, Thompson drafted Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward, and a number of other defensive players that have seen some time in action. He also brought in a few undrafted free agent rookies like Dezman Moses to round out the roster and even tested some veteran free agents like Daniel Muir and Anthony Hargrove. While some players have been invisible to us (see: Terrell Manning), others have exceeded our expectations (see: Casey Hayward). Read more... (1335 words + 1 image, estimated 5:20 mins reading time)