What We Learned Against the Lions

downloadUp until last season, the Packers under Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers treated meetings with the Lions as little more than bye weeks, never having lost to Detroit when Aaron Rodgers played a full game. McCarthy was unable to sustain that type of dominance on Sunday as the Packers found themselves on the wrong side of a 7-19 defensive battle at Ford Field. Arguably more shocking than the loss itself was a total let-down by Rodgers and the Packer offense.

As McCarthy alluded to in his Monday press conference, scheme and opposing personnel were not root causes of the offensive struggles. Instead, the Packers played fundamentally bad football against a very mediocre Lions defense. Routinely lining up against a Detroit defense with two deep, the Packers ground game was given every opportunity to set the tone and chalk up the usual 30-plus points. Instead, the Detroit defensive front had their way and shut down what was thought to be one of the league’s best offenses heading into the season.

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When it Knocks…Answer

Mike McCarthy had little to say after yesterday’s loss to the Lions. More to come later this afternoonmike conference but I think he summed the game against the Lions up nicely in two words.

Two words that tell me that this Packers team is not on the verge of collapse, as some in Packernation seem to believe. In the minutes following the game as I stormed around the house angrily “cleaning up”, I thought about those two words myself. It is disappointing when a loaded Packers team doesn’t capitalize, when two words can sum up a game. Continue reading

Monday Morning Rant and Rave

Well the Packers are 1-2 at the start of Bears hate week. The loss against the Lions was disappointingclay to say the least. So disappointing, in fact, that I had to rant last night after the game…couldn’t wait until this morning.

But the sun is shining this morning and Fall is in the air so it is time to Rave Packernation. Of course, the most important thing for Packers fans is that the team wins so I won’t be going too crazy on this one but any solid criticism includes the good with the bad, so here are three things to rave about in yesterday’s game and they ALL are on the defensive side of the ball: Continue reading

Rant That Can’t Wait


On the bright side was Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

In a game where the defense pulled out all the stops, gave the ball back to our offense three times, and harassed Matthew Stafford all day long, I have a rant that can’t wait…

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Three Questions: Packers V Lions

The Packers travel to Detroit to take on the Lions today in what could be a game that Packers fans Lions helmetremember down the stretch. With two more division games to follow, this Lions game looms large for a week three game.

Much has been made of the fact that the Packers will let fans know who they are in this game. I disagree. The Packers have already shown who they are…talented but inconsistent. One game cannot convince me that this team will consistently play up to its talent level. If the Packers show dominance in this game, I will be waiting to see them put two such games together adding a great performance against the Bears. I still want to see this team perform well against a strong coaching staff like the Belichick led Patriots.

That said, they all come ONE game at a time. I so want to see this team become the dominant team that I know it can be and it starts today. The road to consistency begins in Detroit. Let’s go Pack! Here are three questions that the Packers need to answer today to get a win. Continue reading

Breaking Down Week 3 vs. the Lions

Lions helmetThe Packers weren’t quite playing their type of football until the second half of Week 2 when Aaron Rodgers and Co. finally began lighting up the scoreboard. In the Packers’ 31-24 victory over New York last week, the rest of the league saw just how productive Green Bay’s offense can be when all pieces are in-sync. The possibility of Bryan Bulaga’s return this week suggests that the offense could remain just as lethal in Detroit, which shifts the spotlight to the defensive side of the ball where the Packers face a tall task against Matthew Stafford and the Lions O.

The Lions haven’t been particularly effective running the ball in their first two regular season games, having been held to fewer than 80 yards rushing in each while halfback Joique Bell averaged less than four yards per carry. Not overly active in the Lions’ ground game thus far has been Reggie Bush, who tore apart Green Bay’s defense last Thanksgiving, both between the tackles and in the flat. Despite a knee injury that has kept Bush’s role limited, I expect No.21 to be used at least as a distraction against the Packers.

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What 2 Watch 4: Packers V Lions

The Packers travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This game marks the Lions helmetbeginning of a three game NFC North stretch for the Packers. Two of the games, this one and the one against the Bears, will be played away from Lambeau Field. After a season-opening loss to Seattle and comeback victory against the Jets in week two, the Packers will likely show their true colors in this game.

The Lions are now a force to be reckoned with in the NFC North, and whether or not they blow it down the stretch, they can play spoiler to anyone at any time if they don’t challenge for the NFC North title. Here are a few things to watch for: Continue reading

AM Quickslant: Highlights Anyone?

Jordy Nelson put up 209 yards in the Packers comeback win against the Jets Sunday. The Packers, Aaron Rodgers TD Percentagewith the win, squared themselves up with the rest of the division at 1-1. If the second half of Sunday’s game is an indicator of a growing Packers identity, good things are coming our way, Packernation.

The change may be just in time as the Packers hit a critical three-game stretch against division opponents. The only game to be played at Lambeau is the last, versus the Vikings. Facing the Lions and the Bears on their home turf is a daunting task for any team. Will the Packers be up for it? Continue reading

1 Hero in 3 Plays

There is one player who made the difference in the game against the Jets yesterday. I have a hunch supermanthat no one else in the Packers blogosphere knows who it is. If they do…they are not going to talk about it. But I am here to tell the truth.

When the offense was out of sync, and the defense couldn’t stop the Jets, there was a Packers player who stayed cool and made ALL of his plays. Who is it? Well let me ask Packernation first…if you know who it is, comment on Facebook and then READ the post. SHARE it too…if you are confident that you are right.  Continue reading

Morning After Rant and Rave

The morning after each game is a good time to blow off some steam after a big loss or huzzah a big largeforwebwin. What do the Packers need to work on? What did they do well? Each game has its share of little victories and little gripes…let’s call it R&R…”Rant” and “Rave”. So here is my take on the game… Continue reading