1. Draft offensive linemen early and often
Thursday's win proved a few things. Of course, it showed Jordan Love can become the guy at QB. Rashan Gary let the world know how good he was. But the success of the offense was built by an outstanding offensive line performance.
The opposite was true in Week 4. Detroit dominated Green Bay's offensive line in that game, sacking Jordan Love five times and restricting the Packers to 27 rushing yards at 2.3 yards per attempt.
The Lions had zero sacks on Thanksgiving. Love deserves credit for some of that. His pocket awareness and athleticism helped him escape in a couple of situations, but overall, the offensive line won the battle.
Aidan Hutchinson had 1.5 sacks and three QB hits in Week 4. The Packers limited him to two tackles and one QB hit on Thursday.
What's the difference? Well, outside of the Packers just playing better, their offensive line was also healthier. In Week 4, Royce Newman played every snap at left guard. Zach Tom was playing hurt. It was a different ballgame in the rematch.
It proves the Packers need to keep investing in their offensive line. At the very least, they must improve their depth. But they likely require upgrades at left tackle (if David Bakhtiari isn't back), center, and right guard.
Draft offensive linemen early and often in 2024.