Packers XLV

Blech.

Posted November 7th, 2017 @ 02:11pm

Where even to start?

I'm thinking defense, because that's what has me most bothered after watching the debacle  at Lambeau. There are no excuses for Dom Capers and his staff after this one. With a mostly healthy unit and 15 days to prepare for a Lions offense that's as one dimensional as any in the league, the Packers played as if they had ten men on the field most of the night.

As has been the case all season, the pass rush was a rumor, allowing Matthew Stafford to pick apart the secondary at will. Forced to blitz more than they would like, the defense barely hit Stafford all night--the only sack coming on an ill-conceived flea flicker play call. The lack of production from Matthews and Perry would be the overriding story of the '17 season, if not for Rodgers' injury. I mean, the Lions were down to their third left tackle and the Pack still couldn't get to Stafford.

The Pack's night could be crystalized in a five minute span, when new long snapper Derek Hart bounced a snap that caused a missed field goal, following the Pack's impressive opening drive. Three plays later, the defense forced a three and out, but bailed out the Lions when Mike Daniels made good on his threat of 'delivering some blows' and head butted an offensive lineman for no reason. That gave the drive new life and Stafford made Daniels pay with a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones.

There is plenty of talent on this defense; it's not elite by any stretch, but Capers and his staff looks overmatched. If it doesn't improve, I'd be surprised to see him back in 2018.

Now, on to the offense. I admit, I expected Brett Hundley to be much more productive than he's been in his first two starts. With a healthy offensive line (at least, to start the game) and two weeks to prepare, I thought we'd see the Packers take advantage of an average defense and move the ball consistently through the air. And while the Lions are decent against the run, I figured Aaron Jones would continue to impress, making Hundley's job easier. None of that happened.

Most of Hundley's passes in the first half were within five yards of the line of scrimmage, channeling Sam Bradford in 2016. I don't want to rip the kid too much, but his first two starts don't provide a lot of confidence that the offense will find its stride and make up for a struggling defense.

After two straight losses at home, the reality is that this team doesn't look equipped to hang around in the NFC North race until Rodgers is deemed healthy enough to return. Bryan Bulaga's apparently serious knee injury won't help matters either.

Barring a surprising turn of events, it appears the Pack's streak of eight straight playoff appearances will end. Sure, the Pack could surprise and beat a hungry Bears team that smells blood. But heading on the road on a short week after this flat performance doesn't inspire a ton of confidence.

It was about one year ago that I wrote an obituary for the Packers season, following embarrassing losses to the Colts and Titans. There will be no such eulegy this time around.  It appears the Pack's season was buried three weeks ago, into the turf at US Bank Stadium.

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Comments (11):

Voice: Tough times for us die hard old time Packer fans. However....in big time professional sports free agency is a tool venue you have to use. Bennett was a big time flop....but Reggie White, Julius Peppers, Woodson, were home runs. Keep the faith and TT go into free agency next season. GO PACK GO !!

on November 10th, 2017 at 09:47am

What in the Hell did you expect me to do about that steaming pile of a team you've been trotting out there. I could've flagged the Lions dozens of times, and it wouldn't have made a lick of a difference. Mike McFlintstone is awful. Your o'line is awful. your depth blows. ISH!

on November 7th, 2017 at 02:51pm

It was fun to see the greatest fans in sports turn out in such overwhelming numbers to support their team last night. Funny thing was that half of 'em were dressed as empty seats. My guess is that the waiting list for season tickets is going to get a whole lot shorter in the coming years. Mez thinks it's gonna be rough for fans of the green and gold. Stay low and good luck packler faithful. LOL

on November 7th, 2017 at 03:24pm

If McCarthy doesn't make a move on Capers, at the very least at the end of the season, something should be done with his job status. Capers has lost touch and it appears that the defensive unit has blocked him out. People can blame Hundley, in only his 2nd start, but two fingers should be pointed at McCarthy and Capers, with his aggressive comb over.

on November 7th, 2017 at 09:56pm

Davey spends all off season telling everyone how the young secondary will be improved. That the pass rush would be good, blah, blah, blah. They haven't forced a punt in 6 quarters(LOL). He will babble about the same thing all off season next year too. Davey just doesn't get it. HE DOES NOT BELIEVE WHAT HIS OWN EYES SEE! Oh well

on November 7th, 2017 at 10:02pm

Yes, the defense didn't play great. Splashing on 1 and 2nd downs and not getting off the field on the 3rd does nothing. This still come back Hundley being mostly useless. The scariest part of this MM thinking this was going to work. That he ever believed Hundley was worthy of the position. He clearly is not. The team did better than this with Flynn as back up, so I want to think MM could win with a different QB, but that he not helping that argument with his current actions.

on November 7th, 2017 at 10:29am

I've been sitting here all morning analyzing tape from the game ...... I have just noticed something that has shook the very foundation of my being ...... what I have discovered is this ........ without Aaron Rodgers ...... the Packers Suck ??? ...... Who could have foreseen this development ??? ....... I mean get real ..... back in 2013 even with 'weak armed' Matt Flynn we scored 6 TD's against the Lions ...... I naturally assumed that my Brilliant coaching skills were the reason behind all of our success ..... sheesh ! ..... where's my Vicodin ? ......MM out.

on November 7th, 2017 at 12:08pm

I'll admit the Pack's putrid performance Monday night leaves no straws on which to grasp for hope but maybe taking a broader perspective into account we may not want to write the obituary on the team just yet. At 4-4 and with the entire second half schedule remaining the Packers are just 2 games out of first in the division. They've been written off before much later last season and in 2013 and managed to scratch out enough wins to come out with the title at the end. With help from early leaders' stumbles down the stretch. And if you check the schedules of the two clubs ahead of them and remember that both have histories of late season fade-outs and fold-ups it may not be over yet. And if this does turn out to be the end of the Packers' playoff streak it will be only an interruption not the end of the Pack's consistent relevancy in NFL playoff competition. Since their last non-playoff and losing season in 2008 the Packers have made the playoffs 8 straight seasons and won a Super Bowl. (The rebound, btw, started with a complete defensive overhaul.) When another plague of injuries took them down to 4-12 in 2005 they were back on top of the divison with a 13 win season and playing for the NFC title just two years later. After a 6 year playoff run (that included a Super Bowl win and second trip to the big game) came to a halt with an 8-8 season in 1999 the Packers returned to the playoffs two years later and put together a 4 year run. So whether it's going to happen yet this season or next Packer backers need to raise their eyes and their voices and shout the creed: THE PACK WILL BE BACK.

on November 8th, 2017 at 04:58am

Man it is such a pleasure to see Packer nation in full on meltdown mode right now. Faced with the harsh reality of life without precious A-Rodg is sending the "owners" into what is undoubtedly a Milwaukee's Best Ice and bratwurst fueled bender of epic proportions. It is quite the sight seeing a red faced MM huff and puff in news conferences knowing that the walls are closing in. And how about Dom Capers and his Nitro defense! It's just all so delicious, even more so than the inevitable Packer meltdown in the playoffs. The only thing better would be a pack season that ends 10-6, missing the playoffs, and not getting a good draft pick. One can dream right? Have fun with the Green Bay Browns the rest of the season "owners". I know I will...

on November 8th, 2017 at 12:42am

So.......the Bennett free agency signing worked out well, didn't it? ;-) [closed circuit to OSSG - I'm being sarcastic]

on November 9th, 2017 at 03:54pm

Well, one thing that Rodgers' injury has done is to expose the Packers D, and me, as being horribly overrated. I can make plays if nobody blocks me, but that's the only time. But, hey--I do toss my hair around pretty well!

on November 9th, 2017 at 11:04am

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