Seventeen. That's the number of players listed on the Green Bay Packers' injury report in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions.
On offense, star running back Aaron Jones and standout rookies Luke Musgrave and Dontayvion Wicks were unavailable. It would be easier to list the defensive players who were available. Almost the entire starting secondary missed the game.
But you wouldn't have guessed it. The Packers walked into Ford Field and dominated the 8-2 Lions from the first play, a 53-yard strike from Jordan Love to Christian Watson. It set the tone for what was to come.
What a win for this young team. Let's break it down. Who were the winners and losers on Thanksgiving?
Packers biggest winners and losers in Week 12 victory
Winner: Jordan Love
Ominous. That's the best word to describe how the rest of the NFC North should feel watching Jordan Love. They've seen this movie play out before. They watched Aaron Rodgers sit behind a Hall-of-Famer for three years, face ups and downs early, then announce his arrival as the Packers' next star QB.
OK, let's calm down a moment. Love isn't there yet. He still has a lot to prove. But he was flawless against the Lions. As in, franchise-quarterback kind of flawless. The type of dominant performance Rodgers used to hand out to the Lions on a regular basis.
Love was phenomenal. Even without Aaron Jones, Luke Musgrave, and Dontayvion Wicks, he torched the Lions' secondary, completing 22 of his 32 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
This was easily Love's best performance, and one that should excite Packers fans.