What a strange afternoon at Lambeau, where the Pack rolled early, thanks to three first half TD passes by Aaron Rodgers and a pick six by Charles Woodson. But a key fumble by Jordy Nelson on a kickoff return and a couple of Rodgers picks gave the Lions life and turned the game into a nail biter–the last thing you ever expect when Detroit comes to town.
Credit Shaun Hill for playing very well, using screens and check downs to move the Lions down the field and hitting Calvin Johnson for a couple of scores. The Pack used Jarrett Bush as at the nickel back and inserted Derrick Martin at safety when Burnett went down with an injury. The Pack was unable to get to Hill in the second half, after dropping him three times early in the game.
Ultimately, with the Pack clinging two a two point lead and the ball in the final two minutes, they turned to John Kuhn and the ground game and the converted fullback and the line delivered, picking up yards in bunches and allowing the Pack to run out the clock and escape with a two point win.
With the Pack sitting at 3-1 at the first quarter pole, there is much work to be done. In McNabb, Henne and Favre the next three weeks, the Packers secondary will continue to be tested (well at least in the first two of those games) and we need to see major improvement defensively or the Pack’s home record will see some blemishes.
The Packers improved on special teams and penalties–as you’d expect in a home game. But you come out of this game feeling less than confident about where this team is at. They have not put 60 solid minutes together yet and they are 3-1. We need to check on the severity of the injuries to Burnett and Barnett because a date with Donovan McNabb beckons–a guy who has owned the Packers–and the Pack will need healthy bodies to get a win on the road next Sunday.