I didn’t think the Packers were going to pull that one out on Sunday. The offensive line couldn’t do much of anything, Mason Crosby gave away points, and the Lions seemed one play away from delivering the dagger.
Then all of the sudden, the offensive line came together, Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a crazy play, and the Packers had a division win on the road in November despite a ton of injuries and being way off their A-game.
Crosby even made a kick and Jermichael Finley came up with a few big plays.
Weird game, that football.
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Cobb is like the wide receiver version of a stud running back. You keep feeding the ball to your stud running back even if he’s been contained because you never know when he might break a big run. With Cobb, you keep throwing it to him (and sometimes handing it to him) even if he’s been bottled up most of the game because there’s always a chance for the big play. That big play came late in the fourth quarter on Sunday and brought the Packers a division win.
Like he’s done all season, Walden kept plugging away and plugging away, even with Clay Matthews on the sideline. Walden’s strong game finally resulted in some impressive stats (six tackles, two sacks, two QB hits) and helped the Packers defense bother Matthew Stafford most of the afternoon. The snaps are adding up for Walden and fatigue could be an issue later in the season, but the Packers have to be thrilled with what they’re getting out of Walden right now.
Ted Thompson’s last three first-round draft picks are injured and out for the season (likely out for the season in Derek Sherrod’s case). Meanwhile, Thompson’s later-round picks in the secondary are rising every week. Hayward had another interception on Sunday, broke up three passes and held Stafford to a 0.0 quarterback rating on passes thrown his way. Almost as important as his production, Hayward plays with an attitude. He’s always talking, yelling and trying to fire up his teammates. It’s an attitude we didn’t see much of last season and I love it.
I love it when Pickett busts through the line and waddles after an opposing quarterback. The 340-pounder broke through on a third-and-goal play Sunday and flushed Stafford out of the pocket and right into Morgan Burnett, who registered the sack. The Packers are allowing only 85 rushing yards per game since week three. Pickett is a big reason for that.
The Packers lost even more players to injury over the bye week, but McCarthy still had his team ready to win a tough road game against a desperate opponent. Whatever he preaches behind closed doors, it’s working. Often, we get so caught up in judging a coach’s playcalling or in-game decision-making that we forgot about his main duties: Player development, game preparation and acting as the CEO of the football team. McCarthy appears to excel in all three areas.
Ten tackles (one for a loss), a sack and a quarterback hit. Just another solid game for Burnett. I’m still waiting for that spectacular play that vaults him to the rising category, but I’m in no way complaining about his play this season.
Tarynfor12, a frequent commenter on this site, has suggested that I include a “Splat” category in the Stock Report for players that have fallen so far that they’ve splattered all over the pavement. If Crosby keeps this up, he might have the (dis)honor of being our first player in the Splat category.
Morgan Burnett’s Hands
Someone needs to remind Burnett that his thumb injury from last season is healed and he no longer has a giant club on his hand. It’s ok to go ahead and catch the ball if an opposing quarterback throws it to you. No more pretending that your hands are field-goal uprights.
The Detroit Lions are terrible. Splat!
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .