Well, that was an old fashioned butt kicking on Thursday night, wasn't it? The Green Bay Packers, while they showed some fight during the second half, were absolutely embarrassed by the Detroit Lions in primetime.
Matt LaFleur's team was outworked, out-hustled and out-coached in all three phases of the game, and the final score actually makes the game look closer than it really was. Green Bay's offense, defense, and special teams should be hanging their heads after that performance.
Now, most Packers fans will probably point to Joe Barry as the reason their team lost on Thursday night, and while he's certainly culpable, this game wasn't just decided by how poorly the defense played. Let's look at three shocking stats that reveal why the Packers were dominated vs. Lions.
1. Packers gained just 27 rushing yards against the Lions
Now, the first thing that Packers fans are going to respond with when you point out that Green Bay collected just 27 yards on the ground are the injuries. And that's fair. The Packers' two best linemen, Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari, were out for Thursday night's game.
But there's absolutely no excuse in the National Football League to gain just 2.2 yards per carry. That's completely unacceptable. Yes, AJ Dillon only had 11 yards on five carries, but Aaron Jones wasn't any better.
The lack of a rushing attack is going to severely limit Jordan Love's ability to have success. If you don't have some semblance of a running game, the defense can just pin their ears back and get after the quarterback, which is exactly what the Detroit Lions did on Thursday night.
So, while there are injuries on the offensive line, and Dillon has struggled mightily, this was a scheme and play-calling issue. The Green Bay Packers must figure out a way to get their ground game going or Jordan Love will end up on the turf.