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.
Every team has a bad day, a bad game. Sometimes a team just comes out flat and gets beat. As is often said, “the other guys are getting paid too” and we have to admit that our team, our beloved team, was outplayed. Today, the Packers got wedgied. Embarrassed. Punked. Used and abused. The list goes on. This wasn’t simply an anomaly. It was the culmination of an entire month of uninspired and bad football. From the offense to the defense and special teams as well, this Packers team has been hard to watch.
Minus the second half of last week’s tie with the Vikings, the Packers have shown zero signs of life and aren’t even a shell of what they were before Rodgers was hurt. How can one player, even Aaron Rodgers, make such a grand-scale difference to this team? Rodgers doesn’t play defense so why has that side of the ball slid into the slums of the NFL rankings?