Why They Won: Green Bay Packers defeat Detroit Lions at Lambeau … again

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Dec 28, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver

Randall Cobb

(18) celebrates by jumping into the stands after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Cobb = $$

Dec 28, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter during the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to this season, we were potentially looking at both star receivers for the Packers ending the year as free agents.

Luckily, the Packers managed to get Jordy Nelson signed on to an extension, but nothing was done at the time for Randall Cobb. I’ve felt that was a mistake. Not that I thought they weren’t going to get something done eventually, but that they probably just cost themselves a ton by waiting.

Man, was I ever right.

Cobb still doesn’t have a new contract yet, but it looks like that it is only a matter of time. He’s done more than enough all year to earn what should be a hefty sum of money.

Green Bay may try to pigeonhole him into a slot-receiver-level deal, but if it takes more they’ll pony up when it comes down to it.

Against Detroit, he grabbed 4 catches for 80 yards and 2 TDs  to cap off an impressive set of totals on the year: 91 catches, 1,287 yards and 12 TDs. He also combined with Aaron Rodgers to produce the best passer rating (132) between a QB-WR combo, among other things.

He is an essential part of everything Green Bay does offensively, and a prime reason they were able to grab the #2 seed this year.

Once the season ends, expect to see him get paid the way a player of his caliber deserves while continuing to help lead this offense for years to come.

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