The Packers are 5-1 and on top of the NFC North. The Packers are also now 3-0 against their division foes. Wow, what a game that was Monday night. I needed to take some time to come down from the high of that thriller to pen thoughts on the game.
This game had everything. A comeback. The opposing team jumping out to an early lead, the offense struggling and then getting things going, turnovers, and questionable calls. It definitely was not pretty but a win is a win, and right now the team just needs to keep stacking wins to secure a home playoff game come January.
Wide Receiver Need – There is no question that the Packers need another option outside Davante Adams at wide receiver. The offense seemed to be missing something Monday night. Geronimo Allison got injured early on but the receivers really didn’t step up until late in the game when Allen Lazard come into the game and Rodgers started connecting with him. That is when the offense looked to have the wheels moving slowly. As the season continues and if the Packers what to make a deep playoff run, they are going to need another receiver alongside Adams to step up, maybe its Lazard or Gutekunst makes a trade, but the opportunity is there for someone.
Defense – This Packers defense continues to impress me week after week. On the Packers three turnovers, the Lions ended up deep into Packers territory and came away with field goals each time. If the defense gave up touchdowns instead, this could have been a completely different game. The defense continues to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks and creating turnovers from their own. Preston and Za’Darius Smith are the first Packers tandem to both register 6+ sacks in the first 6 games of the season since 1982. Amazing free agent signings by Gutekunst. The game didn’t start out as planned as the team fell behind early, but the defense kept fighting, stuck together and didn’t blink. The defense was tested and held their own to give the offense a chance.
Bad Officiating – This is a problem around the NFL. Monday night it was on full display for the world to see. The Packers have been on the other side of the bad officiating in the past, and we don’t need to relive those moments. Even with the bad officiating, the Lions had a chance to put this game away early but game away with 3 field goals. If I was there fan, I would be more upset at that fact than at the officiating. Moving forward, this is something that Packers and every team is going to have to overcome throughout the season and possibly the playoffs. It’s the human element of the game, the Packers just have to play their game and not get caught up in the calls.
Rodgers Played a heck of a game – Rodgers completed 24 passes on 39 attempts for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He played a heck of game. He was taking what the defense gave him and was hitting his check downs. His supporting cast was letting him down but dropping passes at crucial times. One play that sticks out to me was Rodgers found Aaron Jones up the seam, but Jones couldn’t haul it in, it would have been a sure touchdown. MVS mad a sensational 46-yard grab and Allen Lazard hauled in a beautiful 36-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers.
Mason Crosby – He was 2 for 2 on extra points and 3 for 3 on field goals, with none bigger than the game winner. He has hit game winners before throughout his career but seeing Crosby do his first ever Lambeau Leap was awesome. Does it get any better than this:
Next up: the Oakland Raiders on a short week. Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag