Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions:
Here is my unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
In a game that means absolutely nothing to the Packers, Mike McCarthy resists temptation and plants Aaron Rodgers firmly on the sideline in street clothes. Hooray is all I can say. It’s a move that surprises and impresses me. Mike Mccarthy, you’ve come a long way, baby.
Inactive for the Packers today are:
Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga, James Starks
Wow. I’d love to take this group and go 7 vs. 7 in the parking lot against ANYONE.
Sounds like Jones and Zombo are getting starts at OLB today, and we’ll be sure to see plenty of Vic So’oto as well.
2012: It’s been a long 2011 but a lot to be thankful for. As for 2012, we’ll start one day at a time with a win today against the DetroitLions.
Inactives: Six out of seven were health issues. Clay and Charles have had nagging injuries all year. The other four are just not ready to play. I’m resting AR – I feel it’s the best thing to do for our football team.
The Game Approach: We still want to approach with same edge. Impt to give Matt flynna full week of work – we’re looking to win this fiootball game.
Weather: This weather is perfect. Glad we have some adverse weather conditions today. Opportunity to play in this kind of weather is good four our football team and important to prepare for the playoffs.
Lions Film Study Since Thanksgiving: they’re winning game. have had some tough come-from-behind victories. They’re doing what they do well. Defensive line is still their strength.
Calvin Johnson: Look at the measurables, skill set, even mental makeup, he is a force. We have to be aware of him at all times
Lions DL depth: They have a healthy rotation and do a good job of using their guys correctly. It’s a challenge for our offensive line and that will be a key matchup today.
Packers Defense: No bones about it, Chicago game was not our best game. We didn’t play very well at all. We’ve spent a lot of time on it, did a lot of self scouting and will continue with that next week. It’s important for our team that we play a sound, tough defensive football game today.
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – First Half:
First play of the game, Driver almost bobbles an easy catch. I think he couldn’t believe he was that wide open.
Packers call four straight pass plays for Flynn, who fumbles on their own 35 yard line.
Lions quickly convert. Key play was a pass over the middle to Calvin Johnson, who was give a HUGE cushion by Tramon Williams.
Pat Lee. You have got to be kidding. Pulling the ball back into the end zone? I felt like I was watching in slow motion and as it’s happening, I’m saying noooooooooooooooo, don’t do it….
Was that really a Kuhn chant with the Packers on the 7 yard line? Um, no.
I ‘m still not sold on Matt Flynn as an NFL starter… Or maybe I should say, “a “good” NFL starter. But he IS playing well.
Tramon with a 10 yard cushion on Johnson again. No contest.
Oh man, the Jordy Nelson stiff arm is a sight to behold…
So ‘oto is raw in many ways, but no matter, you gotta love his enthusiasm… he will help the Packers next season. One hell of a pretty tackle on the play where he stole the ball but it was overturned. perfect form that will surely make Dom Capers smile.
Ryan Grant – 80 yard TD on a screen pass? Best part was seeing Grant move the ball to his left hand on the 3 yard line as the final defender caught up? I love smart, fundamental football.
Crosby falls while recovering a fumble on a kickoff. If he stays on his feet, he might have had an unobstructed path down the sideline for a TD.
That’s 2 tackles Finley has made on INTs the last few games. Glad he didn’t mean it when he said last year he wouldn’t be doing that again after hurting his knee last year making a tackle.
If the Packers would stop handing the Lions points, their B team would be spanking the Lions starters.
Jermichael Finley showing his old hands today. Good to see them back.
Flynn with the free play and takes advantage. TD Jordy Nelson: Carbon copy of Jordy’s catch down the sidelines in the Giants game…
Love that Lions players and coaches are yelling at each other on the sideline…
Morgan Burnett is playing his best game in quite a while…
Lions help out the Packers with some wide-open dropped passes. Have to wonder where the safeties were on the Calvin Johnson drop. Neither Peprah or Burnett anywhere to be seen.
If you study Packers screen plays (yes, I have), few are successful because of great blocks by the OL. Many times, they’re hardly involved
Packers 24 Lions 19
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – Second Half:
There’s Bush with an interception. He’s a different guy when the play is in front of him. It’s uncanny, almost.
So ‘oto with a rare Packers sack! But Walden screws it up with a dumb late hit on Stafford after the whistle…
Lions’ tight ends killing the Packers’ D today. Big worry if the Saints or 49ers come to town…
Matthew Stafford to be courted by International soccer teams after that flop on the Bishop penalty.
So much for the “Nelson can’t be good without Jennings” crys we heard after the Chiefs game…
If I’m not mistaken, Jarius Wynn has been in coverage on the last two Detroit TDs in the red zone. Can’t go to that well so often, Dom…
Suh has been invisible all game. Finally breaks through for a sack and he does the Rodgers’ Championship belt. Class guy. What a Suhchebag.
Tramon with a bit of a dirty play on Pettigrew. Obviously, he’s a bit miffed at getting his ass beat all game…
Really feels like a fight could break out here. Lions are just downright ornery.
I find myself surprisingly engaged in a meaningless game. Would love to see the Packers “stick it” to these Lions.
Raji covering the running back on a play. Capers has used the DL in coverage A LOT today…
Packers up by 4 and they get the ball back with 7 minutes left in the game. How about a time-consuming, clock-eating, game-winning TD drive here? No, I’m not asking for much…
Calvin Johnson gets called for pass interference in the end zone. Was actually a smart play – he was playing defense to prevent the interception.
Lions go up by 3 with 2:39 left in the game. Get ready Crosby… we could be looking at OT.
Scratch that. Flynn throws and completes a bomb to James Jones. Two plays later, Packers score a TD. Now up by four.
I believe the Packers – Lions rivalry has just been revived. Going to be a fun next few years…
But we’re not done yet. Still 1:10 left for Stafford and the Lions.
I’m feeling an INT for the Packers on this drive. Would be a perfect ending to this game.
CALLED IT!!! Sam Shields INT!
Feels just like last year. I hope it’s an omen.
Packers 45, Lions 41
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.