Back on track, for a half: Packers defeat Lions, move to 2-1
From Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~For a half, it looked like 2014 again. At the half, the Packers led 31-10, and Aaron Rodgers was on his way to a monster game with four first half touchdowns.
Then it was 2015 all over again.
By the end, Rodgers finished with those same four touchdowns, and the Packers had hung on for a one-touchdown win, 34-27.
Rodgers has always been phenomenal at home. Rodgers now has 143 passing touchdowns, 26 interceptions, and a 110.2 career passer rating at home, the highest in NFL history
Eddie Lacy sealed the deal late, as he rushed 17 times for 103 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. When McCarthy fools the defense and passes on first down, and runs on unpredictable second down, the defense is on their heels and the offense tends to roll.
The defense was missing Clay Matthews, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, Datone Jones, and LeTroy Guion. Those are five good players, with Matthews obviously better than good.
For the second week in a row, Green Bay’s pass defense struggled frequently.
Damarious Randall, who did have an interception, was picked on throughout the game again, and the young secondary could not stop Marvin Jones or tight end Eric Ebron in the middle of the field.
Up 31-3, the Packers offense put it into prevent mode, while the defense failed to cover tight ends or journeyman receiver Jones. Randall tried to put Jones into Canton, just a week after he tried to give Stefon Diggs a ticket to the Pro Bowl.
Quinton Rollins also was beaten for a key third down conversion, by running back Theo Riddick. He and Micah Hyde were beaten quite a few times by tight ends and running backs. I have been a huge advocate of Rollins, but it’s been a bit concerning seeing him get beaten a few times this year as he has.
Shields might not be back for awhile, if ever. His concussion history is starting to get scary.
Burnett has been hobbled for much of the past few months.
New tight end Jared Cook hurt himself too, when he dropped a pass and then relaxed as he was being tackled. There’s no word yet how long he’ll be out or what the extent of the injury is.
With all the injuries mounting, maybe the Packers week four early bye isn’t too early afterall.