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Week 9: Lethargic Packers Downed By Lions

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Lethargic Packers Handled At Home By Detroit Lions

The Lions handed Green Bay their third straight defeat on Monday Night Football to the tune of 30-17. In his second start at quarterback since the Aaron Rodgers injury, Brett Hundley made great strides within the offense. However, the miscues on defense as well as lack of consistency on offense would cost the lethargic Packers. By the time Mike McCarthy‘s offense put up a touchdown, the game was rather out of reach.

Offensive Inconsistency

With Aaron Rodgers recovering from shoulder surgery, Brett Hundley has been leading a shaky offense at best. Against the Lions, Green Bay struggled to capitalize on early opportunities. While their opening drive looked impressive, it would have no lasting effect as Crosby’s field goal would be blocked. Two three-and-outs followed that 15 play drive before the Pack could muster a field goal before the half. The second half would begin with more of the same. The opening drive of the second half stalled on the 50, leading to a turnover on downs. After recovering a fumble, the lethargic Packers offense followed the defense up with a quick three-and-out.

Green Bay’s offense could not seem to get anything going until the third quarter. A seven play, 78-yard drive ended with Hundley punching the ball in on a quarterback sneak. However, the Lions still led by two scores and made it three with their next possession. The Packers continued to struggle for traction but were able to close the game with another strong drive. Jamaal Williams helped lead the offense down to the goal line, where he punched it in to close the game.


Though the Packers had difficulty containing the Lions, there were some players that brought it for Green Bay. With that being said, there were also some players who seemed to be daydreaming with Jill Scott at game time.

Mike Daniels was a constant disruptor in the running game yet again for the Packers. Though his penalty on a third and long led to the Lions first touchdown, he was a constant figure in the running game. His 85.6 rating over at Pro Football Focus ranked highest among the Packers.

Jake Ryan was able to make a few appearances on the field since recovering from migraines last week. His 85.2 rating from Pro Football Focus was second on the team behind Daniels. His efficiency in the running game was blatant as well, posting three stops in 13 run snaps.

Unfortunately, the passing defense of the Packers was lackluster once again. Damarious Randall and Davon House were both beat for touchdowns by Marvin Jones Jr. The Cheesehead passing defense was full of holes, allowing 361 yards through the air.

The three-headed beast of a receiving corps also made leaps again this week. Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson made the most of their opportunities. The trio combined for  16 catches on 22 targets and 146 of Hundley’s 245 yards through the air. Cobb may have had the most impressive reception, taking a crossing route 46 yards early in the fourth.

Looking Ahead

Following three straight losses, the lethargic Packers will strive to get back on track against the Bears in Week 10. Brett Hundley will look for his first win as a starter as the Packers look to avoid a losing record on the season.