Green Bay’s win over Detroit doesn’t answer many questions

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Green Bay won on Monday night against the Lions. In other words, the Packers successfully punched their own personal punching bag.

The notion that the expected victory against the Lions — which came despite a leaky defense that benefited from the combination of a leaky second-half sky and Jared Goff‘s undersized hands — somehow expunges all evidence of the Week One disaster in Jacksonville is ludicrous. The Packers won a game they were supposed to win. They were favored by 11.5 points, and they still had to sweat out a back-door cover in the closing minutes.

Losing the game outright would have meant a lot more than winning it means.

If the Packers want to re-establish themselves as an NFC power, they need to follow the Monday prime-time win with a Sunday prime-time win, when they face the 49ers in Santa Clara. Last year, the Packers beat an overmatched San Francisco team there. The year before, the Packers gave up 37 points in each of a pair of games played there, culminating in a resounding defeat in the NFC Championship.

So spare me the Aaron Rodgers complaints about the justifiable criticism the team absorbed after a Week One no-show. It wasn’t “bullshit” from “trolls.” It was a fair assessment of the situation. A blowout loss to the Saints in Jacksonville, seven days before the Saints got outclassed by the Panthers in Charlotte.

Rodgers shouldn’t act surprised when he gets criticized for a bad game. He benefits, and arguably relishes, his celebrity. He parlayed it into a shot at hosting Jeopardy! He’ll surely leverage it in some way when his playing career ends. If you want the spotlight and perform poorly in it, you get the scrutiny.

The strong performance against an overmatched gang of putative kneecap biters on Monday night ultimately means jack squat. If Aaron Rodgers and the Packers hope to bend the early-season narrative in the direction of a potential Super Bowl season, they need to beat the 49ers on Sunday night. And it wouldn’t hurt to chase that with a victory over the Steelers a week later.

43 responses to “Green Bay’s win over Detroit doesn’t answer many questions

  1. Rodgers could sleep through the first half of the season and still wake up in time to make the playoffs. The division is horrid, he has no real competition this year.

  2. “re-establish themselves as an NFC power”

    Since when did they fall off? Rodgers/Packers had a rough offseason and they got blown out in the first game of this season, but they’ve been a consistent contender for years. You can’t point to one awkward offseason and one blowout game and declare a consistent contender for 10+ years with one common player (who is still on/leading the team) kaput.

  3. Speaking of punching bags Rodgers is one no matter how well he plays. The problem with the Packers is not Rodgers or the offense. It is the defense. Joe Barry was a bad hire.

  4. They do not look like a Super Bowl contender with that defense. San Fran will run down their throats and lord knows what Tampa would do to them. Rodgers will need to put up big points week after week to win games unlike the past couple years.

  5. The Packers outplayed Tampa Bay last year in the championship game, and should have gone to the super bowl. That’s how close they are. I guess they could have used those two high draft picks they wasted on Jordan Love. As long as they have Rodgers they’ll contend. When Rodgers doesn’t have a great game, the team looks like a total failure. As we’ve seen with Brady and so many others, a great QB makes all the difference in the world.

  6. I don’t have any concerns about the Packer offense. They have plenty of talent there. My concern, as it’s been nearly every year recently, is that pathetic defense. This team isn’t going anywhere unless and until they fix that pedestrian effort, Rodgers or no Rodgers.

  7. I disagree that game showed us a lot.

    Offensively the Packers shook the rust off and showed they can play to the correct level, as long as the key players are playing this team can play and will be competitive.

    Defensively, not good, the schemes need to improve, King again struggles in coverage. They were fortunate to be playing the Lions and not a high motor offense. Stokes did look good and worthy of his first round pick.

  8. It actually enables Rodgers even more. His smirking in the huddle and on the sidelines knowing the camera is on him, is amusing to me.

    Brady has been giving him pointers.

  9. I would be very interested in knowing exactly what happened with Mike Pettine that made our coach think Joe Barry would actually be an improvement? Why would we hire a guy who wasn’t good enough for Detroit and Washington? Perhaps Rodgers is more accurate in his assessment of Packer management than we want to admit.

  10. Rodgers is a great QB who has a horrible NFCC record. He enjoys his life, has fun playing, and can smirk all he wants. I don’t get all the hate on this guy – eminently more likable than the phony Brady.

  11. Were you this hard on Tom Brady last year when they lost to the Saints 38-3?

    I feel like you weren’t. lol

  12. Rodgers looked better the second half than the first, but the Lions linebackers and secondary are weak. The Packers offensive line allowed Rodgers to get sacked 3 times. The Niners game will tell us a lot more.

  13. So Packeres beat the Lions at home in Lambeau and this is news? Rodgers had a great game last night because everything was going his way, did you all see the stink eye after the Jones run he gave towards the bench and the rasing of his arms. Rodgers was still sacked three times, only 96 yards rushing….96 total yards against the Lions? Goff was only sacked once? And now the Pack is back? It was a close game at the half when really it should have been over at halftime if the Packers are as good as their fans claim they are. Soneome predicted in a post here last week that all would be fine by 10:30pm CDT Monday night, they got that right, but its just a band-aid over some glaring deficiencies in the defense that will turn them from contender to pretender in the next coming weeks. The Packers are who we though they were….you beat the Lions with a new QB and a rookie head coach. (slow claps)

  14. Quoting Ruha Nugget crusher above:

    “’re-establish themselves as an NFC power’

    “Since when did they fall off? Rodgers/Packers had a rough offseason and they got blown out in the first game of this season, but they’ve been a consistent contender for years. You can’t point to one awkward offseason and one blowout game and declare a consistent contender for 10+ years with one common player (who is still on/leading the team) kaput.”

    I agree, but it’s more than just that. The original post is basically saying on one hand that the Packers have a lot to prove because they lost one game… their status as an NFC power was shattered by one game; and then it turns around and says, but you can’t say they regained that status by winning one game. So, in one instance, one game means everything, and another game means nothing.

    It’s definitely like talking out of both sides of your mouth. And it’s not credible.

  15. One over-aggressive play call by Pettine in the playoffs, and the Packers overreacted and replaced a very good defensive coordinator with someone whose track record isn’t nearly as good.

    Whether fans like it or not, Rodgers is going to be under the microscope this year after what he pulled in the offseason.

    So far, they’re .500 after getting blown out by another .500 team and blowing out a team that has a chance to go 0-16, but even if they end up being mediocre – with the defense taking a step back and Rodgers coming back to earth after feasting on a soft schedule last year – they benefit from arguably the softest division in the league.

  16. This seems harsh, maybe it’s just the product of the normal wild overreactions to week 1. People saw Jameis eating a win and thought the Saints are better than ever, and were writing stories quoting anonymous executives saying Rodgers does too many commercials-doesn’t seem to stop Tom Brady or Mahommes. The Packers are the same Packers they were last year, who have a chance to lose to Kansas City in the Super Bowl, but I just don’t see beating the Bucs this year. They can lose in San Fran but since they get to play the Lions one more time, Chicago twice and Minnesota twice, they will have a decent record and should win the division easily anyway.

  17. Rodgers and Adams looked pretty damn good, O-line looked average, defensive line and LBs poor. The Pack will win the NFCN easily, but not much more if these last two games are representative of the team.

  18. IMO I think by GB inserting Stokes into the game it may signal, they are finally done with the Kevin King show.
    2. Having two guys you pay big bucks to deliver a pass rush, sit out first and second downs so they stay fresh is freekish. They didnt play in pre season, its game two and they need a big rest.
    3. Rodgers and comp we all know romped all over what may be the worst D in football. They wont have that luxury going forward.
    4. jones got 4 td’s in the red zone but really doesnt do much in the rushing game and Dillion is a three yard wonder, thats all he ever will be.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    September 21, 2021 at 11:14 am
    Rashan Gary was invisible last night, and he looked gassed.

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    This was a terrible pick at 12. The telling is, the GM said before the combine Gary was his guy. I found out why later, he loves picks who can play two positions, thus he passed on Watt. Gary sucked at Michigan and this GM didnt know that. The analist said he was a two at best. And the GM didnt hear that.
    The guy is a mirror of Perry who also was a bust. They make one play a game and the fans idolize them. Fools

  20. There really weren’t any questions to begin with. I guess that one could question whether the Packers win the NFC North by week 12 or week 13, but that would be about it.

  21. Minneanderthals says:
    September 21, 2021 at 11:20 am
    Were you this hard on Tom Brady last year when they lost to the Saints 38-3?

    I feel like you weren’t. lol

    ——————

    Heck, they weren’t hard on Brady was losing SBs to the Giants barely producing points.

    Or, acting like a primadonna with his brand and sabotaging the 2019 season with the #1D and great STs and a good OL and run game.

  22. So if they would have won the game 100 -0 then would it answer any questions?? Some folks are never satisfied

  23. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says:
    September 21, 2021 at 10:46 am
    “re-establish themselves as an NFC power”

    Since when did they fall off?

    ————–

    They fell off with a very messy offseason, a horrible week 1 performance, and a terrible start to week 2, in which their defense couldn’t get off the field.

    Would YOU call them an NFC power right now? I wouldn’t.

  24. The defense needs to improve and I am not confident in Joe Barry as of now. I did like that they seemed to play a lot better in the second half last night but the offense is going to have to carry this team for the foreseeable future this year and the defense is going to have to get a lot better for any shot in the playoffs. I guess it could happen, but given Barry’s track record, maybe he is just a guy that players tend to tune out, no matter how “brilliant” his defensive mind is.

  25. To all you Joe Barry haters. Don’t forget he Was the 2nd choice. The job was 1st offered tp Wisconsin All World DC, Jim Leohard, but he chose to stay in Madison.

  26. Amongst Team Owners and the NFL front office, Detroit Lions are honestly of the most highly regarded and respected organization in the league.

  27. And New Orleans’ win over Green Bay didn’t answer many questions seeing as though the Saints got whacked 26-7 by Carolina and Baltimore’s win over KC doesn’t answer questions cuz Baltimore lost in week one and KC’s win over Cleveland doesn’t answer questions cuz KC lost to Baltimore in week 2…

  28. To all you Joe Barry haters. Don’t forget he Was the 2nd choice. The job was 1st offered tp Wisconsin All World DC, Jim Leohard, but he chose to stay in Madison.
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    I fail to see how this is comforting………..

  29. Chiefs/Packers in the super bowl
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    Ends in an 77-77 tie as neither team can make a defensive stop

  30. 4. jones got 4 td’s in the red zone but really doesnt do much in the rushing game and Dillion is a three yard wonder, thats all he ever will be.

    +++++

    Aaron Jones finished 4th in football in rush yards per game last season.
    AJ Dillon averages 5.1 yards per carry in hi8s brief career.
    Any other insights?

  31. It’d be surprising if the 49ers repeated their 2019 offensive performance against the Packers. The Niner running backs for Sunday are going to be the winners of a Levi’s Stadium staff raffle contest.

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