Packers Week 18: Toasts and Roasts

Yikes. Well, the Green Bay Packers 2022 season has come to an end with their 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions. It was almost fitting that this loss looked painfully similar to each loss in the 1-7 streak that ultimately was this team’s demise. Missed assignments, dropped passes, boneheaded penalties, essentially told the tale of the Packers week 18 loss.

Nothing is more frustrating as a sports fan than watching your team just completely waffle in a big game. I have tried my best over the years to find ways to channel my frustration during Packer games so that I don’t completely lose it. One of those channels is trying to break the beer bottle in my hands with my bare hands. It’s not going to happen, I’m not the Incredible Hulk. So that’s why it’s almost a perfect channel. Let’s just say this game led to me wishing I was Hulk a time or two because that break would’ve been very satisfying.

Broken beer bottles sound like the perfect segue to our Packers Week 18, Toasts and Roasts.

Toasts

Christian Watson

You can’t see me, but on the other side of this picture is me doing finger pistols right back at Christian Watson while saying “This guy!” Okay maybe not. But honestly, Watson was probably one of the only shining beacons of hope provided in this game. Five catches for 104 yards including an amazing 45 yard catch that had me saying in my best Al Michaels voice, “He did what!?” Watson did everything he could to help his team win this game. If there’s one player that should be proud of their performance still, it’s Christian Watson.

I’m toasting Christian Watson this week with CheeseheadTV’s very own, Carry the G from Gathering Place Brewery. Carry the G is a smooth easy drinking Cream Ale that’s become a staple in my fridge whenever I can find it. Obviously, the branding helps. But outside of the obvious this beer is one of those that you can just enjoy when you want another. It’s not too heavy, not too little, it’s just right, and it will carry you through whatever life is ahead.

Of course, Christian Watson fits Carry the G because essentially that’s what he was trying to do. His big performance in an otherwise lackluster game might have helped us stay in it. I think we can rely on Christian Watson to help Carry the G to victory for years to come.

And there you have it, that’s all the toasts for this week, sad but true.

Roasts

I’m doing something new this week and just calling every roast “Bud Light.”

I’ve used Bud Light as my go-to roast for the aspect of the game that drove me absolutely insane, and this week, it was practically everything.

The beer that anyone with tastebuds loves to hate is responsible for this entire loss. Don’t try to convince me otherwise. Maybe we should look into if Anheuser-Busch paid some players to completely tank this game. I think it’s a possibility, don’t you?

Anyways, here’s who’s getting those Clydesdale-filled mugs this week:

Quay Walker

Come on man! What the heck was going through Quay Walker’s head? With DeAndre Swift of the Lions hurt on the play, Quay Walker decides it’s a good idea to shove one of the medical personnel that comes out to tend to him. Why? Just. why!? This, in turn, made 2nd and 8 from the Green Bay 9 to 1st and Goal from the Packers 4-yard line, and Detroit scored a touchdown.

It’s just bone headed. I don’t know what Quay could say to defend this. Open your eyes, don’t shove non-players. This is his second ejection because of this.

I believed Quay Walker was having a great game up until this point. He could be a great force in the future, but he needs to grow up before getting there.

Quay, here’s a Bud Light, you’re roasted.

Rasul Douglas

We have not one, but two boneheaded penalties making this list. At the end of the half, the Lions lined up for a 48-yard field goal. Which on a night like Sunday night, was no easy feat. However, with the Packers calling a timeout, Rasul Douglas decided to walk right down the line of scrimmage and slap at the ball. This caused a little ruckus to which Douglas then swung at a Lions player prompting a 15-yard penalty and a chip shot 33-yard attempt instead for the Lions.

Douglas later said he didn’t want the kicker to have a chance at a warm-up Field Goal so went to grab the ball. The swinging afterwards he admitted was stupid as he said the long snapper shoved him and he reacted. But how about not putting yourself in that situation in the first place?

Rasul, here’s a Bud Light, you’re roasted.

Execution

All in all, I think the biggest roast goes to execution. This team had their season on a platter. Home game to take down a division opponent and go into the playoffs with a head full of steam. But they just tossed it away. So many dropped passes and blown coverages. Honestly, just not playing with a winning mentality. It’s like the team we saw come back towards the end of the regular season just stayed celebrating the victory over the Vikings. It was just terrible.

Execution, here’s an entire truck of Bud Light, you’re roasted.

It’s hard to call this season over. Just like it is every other season that doesn’t end in hoisting the Lombardi trophy. But alas, we are here again. I will be thankful for it at least ending in a meaningful game.

This is of course, the last Toasts and Roasts article for the Packers weekly matchups. I’ve very much enjoyed this and thank you all for reading it. See you in the offseason.

Greg Meinholz is a 24/7/365 Packers fan. When he’s not spending time with his family, he can be found meditating in his Packers shrine with a good beer. You can follow him on twitter at @gmeinholz.

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