When it’s time to look at the film these guys will realize just how close they came to a completely dominant performance. But close doesn’t count. Packers offensive play calling, especially on third and short, was questionable at best. Penalties stalled drives and drops suddenly became a concern. It seemed to many of the folks with whom I watched the game that the Packers were trying harder to lose this game than to win it.
What was the difference between winning and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? Two things really: Just enough big plays on offense and sustained good defense. So Detroit was missing their two stud WRs. Well cry me a river. Good teams find ways to win games under those circumstances. If the Lions coaches had suddenly started challenging the defense by going to the WRs they did have available then things might have been different.
As it was the Packers played defense as well as they have played it all season. They held the dangerous Detroit RB Reggie Bush to 44 yards on 13 carries. They made Detroit pass the ball when they didn’t want to throw it and came away with that much needed W.
Click ahead to the next frames for my “Bumps and Thumps” from today’s game …