Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: 2014 Game 3
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
The Packers return to the scene of last year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot, where the Packers were the turkeys, in more ways than one.
In my opinion, head coach Mike McCarthy has a lot to bounce back from this week. Needs to make better decisions than in last week’s Jets game.
The Lions are down to their third or fourth string slot corner. Could be a big day for Randall Cobb.
Bryan Bulaga is active, and surprisingly will start.
Today’s Packers’ captains will be G Josh Sitton (offense), DT Mike Daniels (defense) and S Sean Richardson (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
59 LB Brad Jones
64 DT Mike Pennel
83 WR Jeff Janis
The Packers have only six inactive players because the current roster is at 52, after LB Andy Mulumba was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
57 LB Jamari Lattimore will start in place of Jones.
17 QB Kellen Moore
29 CB Cassius Vaughn
32 S James Ihedigbo
34 FB Montell Owens
50 LB Travis Lewis
66 T LaAdrian Waddle
84 WR Ryan Broyles
70 T Garrett Reynolds will start for Waddle and 42 S Isa Abdul-Quddus will start for Ihedigbo.
Early division games: I don’t mind them early. I just wish we weren’t playing two teams with new coaching staffs Always a challenge early in the season
Lions: Their personnel is still very very good, but you can see offensively they are more versatile, more different sets.
Stafford: He looks like he’s in very good shape, has command of the offense. Extremely productive QB… doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.
Megatron: Great player., Most important thing is don’t let him take you out of your techniques. Still play to your strengths
Bush & Bell: Styles compliment each other. Very productive running back combo.
Off coordinator Lombardi -Saints concepts? You certainly do. That’s what we studied all off season, you can see some similarities.
Bulaga / Hayward: Bulaga’s up, He’s starting, feels good. Casey’s up and he’s ready to go.
Running game: Pfft, we are where we always are. running backs didn’t get a lot of good opportunities last week. I have no concerns about our running backs group.
Lions down to 4th string Slot corner – get the ball downfield. You always want to do that. It’s early season football, it’s how they are going to play nus, what front they are going to play, etc.
Did team watch tape of last year’s Thanksgiving game: Didn’t show the tape to the players. I went to look at it just more from a Lions personnel standpoint.
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers are back to their toss-winning deferring ways…
Mike Neal is the king of getting his hands on the quarterback but not getting the sack. So close…
Get pressure on Stafford and he will make some bad decisions, throw off balance, etc.
Lacy fumbles for only the second time in his GB career, and of course, it has to be returned 40 yds for a touchdown. Down 7-0 again.
Looks like #Packers are determined to get Rodgers plenty of comeback opportunities this year…
Third and three, Rodgers throws a sideline go route with the receiver blanketed stride for stride. That just drives me crazy… keep it simple, get a first down and extend the drive.
Rodgers to Starks on short dump offs is just a continual fail. uncanny.
Fantastic job by Quarless hauling in a rocket of a slant pass with a defender’s hand on his. Touchdown Packers.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 7 Det 7
Easy to see why Davon House has put Casey Hayward on the bench… And I’m a big Hayward fan…
How in the world can you decide that Richard Rodgers should be in the game to block when you’re backed up on your own one yard line? Are you kidding Mike?
And yes, I am fully aware Lang missed his block, but if Rodgers doesn’t get blown back into Lacy, he would have been able to avoid the safety.
Neal finally gets his sack and came awfully close to forcing a fumble on Stafford from behind.
If I’m Joe Lombardi, I keep throwing to their running backs until the Packers are forced to adjust.
What is going on with normally sure-handed Jarret Boykin. A couple of drops already today.
Lacy hurdling a tackler is not the most graceful thing you’re going to see.
With the Lions putting on pressure in obvious passing downs, you would think we might see a screen pass or two?
Packers call a time out with 25 seconds left and Detroit on a 3rd and seven. What was that supposed to accomplish? I could understand if you did it earlier.
52-yard completion to Corey Fuller (with an uncalled push off) Good thing the Lions have a struggling field goal kicker.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 7 DET 12
Packers vs. Lions – First Impressions – Second Half:
Someone needs to stomp on Fairley. Dirty, dirty play going after Rodgers’ leg with a forearm chop. technically not a penalty, but…
Packers fail to capitalize on starting the half with the ball. Punt.
Julius Peppers still has the pass rushing jones… Worth every penny just to let him get after the quarterback…
Lions defense is frustrating the Packers. Keep running the ball on second and long, though – that’s a big help…
Other than the dump-off attempt to Starks, Packers haven’t thrown one pass to a running back today. Letting Lions key on four guys max in coverage.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 7 DET 12
Packers defense is totally exhausted and it shows on a long Detroit drive for a TD. With 10 min to go, Packers D has been on the field for 31 minutes at this point vs. only 18 min for offense.
Rodgers with only 116 yds passing at this point.
And yet, they now aggressively march down the field from their own 10 yard line. Incomplete on fourth down to Nelson.
Is it fair to ask where this aggressive attacking style of offense was all game? Wait till your’re down by two scores?
Lions running backs: carrying Packers linebackers on their backs for five yards to get a first down.
#Packers defense on the field for almost 38 minutes today.
Final Score: GB 7 DET 19
I have a lot of questions about Mike McCarthy again. Been down this road before…
I remember in preseason the Packers throwing to their running backs a lot. Thought that would be a huge tactic to use this season. One intended pass to a running back all game. Not one screen pass against a fierce rush. unfathomable.
Packers defense played admirably today. Wore down late, but you can blame the offense for that.
I thought Rodgers started off the game with good accuracy on his passes. Then Packers tried to force the running game, resulting in obvious passing downs, allowing them to tee off on Rodgers. Offense became a mess after that.
I wasn’t worried about this team after the Seattle loss. last week raised my eyebrows, this week has me worried.
Perhaps it’s time to not rely on the same offense you’ve been running for years and come up with a few wrinkles. You know, like other teams do to the Packers?
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.