Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC North columnist jclombardi presents Packers "great, good, bad & ugly" awards.
1. WR Jones—3 catches for 79 yards.
1. Punter Masthay—6 punts averaging 47.8 gross (40.2 net) with 2 inside 20.
2. OLB Matthews—4 tackles & forced fumble.
3. CB Shields (PFF score +1.3)--mixed performances as Lions WR Johnson was able to work Shields over with slant routes, but he had a big interception.
4. OLB Perry--sack & forced fumble.
1. OT Bakhtiari—the Lions repeatedly brought pressure. The offensive line had a bad day (excluding center EDS PFF score +2.5 & guard Sitton) giving up seven sacks. Meanwhile, Bakhtiari stood out allowing 3 sacks. He and Barclay have a lot of work to do in the offseason to improve their conditioning, strength & power.
2. OL Newhouse--center T. J. Lang & RG Newhouse never slowed down DL Suh on his way to a safety. Also, Newhouse got flagged for an unnecessary hold taking the Packers from potentially being in the Lions’ half to deep in their own territory.
3. QB Flynn (PFF Grade -3.5)—while he had no chance with shaky protection, he played awful completing only 10 of 20 passes for 139 yards, two fumbles & interception. Either way, with this embarrassing Packers defense, he could not have won this game.
1. HC “Nero” McCarthy—for fifth straight week, he was outcoached, outmuscled & outplayed by another motivated physical team. His awful play calling throughout the game was absolutely amazing.
2. Packers defense--although Shields, Perry and Jolly were back from injury with DC Capers' defense having all eleven starters and reserves playing, they gave up 561 total yards with just 1 sack & allowing 241 rushing yards. We don’t consider the dysfunctional secondary to be the biggest concern, although CB House allowed 2 touchdowns. We consider the bigger issue to the inside linebackers Hawk (12 tackles mean nothing) & B. Jones who aren’t good enough!
COMMENTARY: We are not surprised at this road loss to the motivated Lions. It was over when McCarthy thought getting a field goal to tie it at 3-3 was a big deal. While the defense produced early turnovers for an early lead, it quickly fell apart allowing the Lions to score at will leading to the embarrassing blowout.
Meanwhile, the boring fluff Packers sports press will go on forever (talk, talk, talk) about whether QB Rodgers might be back for the Falcons home game or whether QB Tolzien should replace Flynn, but its probably over for the Packers to make the playoffs. The bigger point is that while QB Flynn will play better to lead the offense, the defense is simply too awful to win games. We shall see.