Detroit Lions feast on Green Bay Turkeys, 40-10

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Updated: November 28, 2013

The Green Bay Packers defense had no answer for the Detroit Lions rushing attack, as they surrendered Detroit’s first victory against Green Bay since quarterback Matthew Stafford took over the pride.

After keeping things close in the first half, thanks to four generous turnovers gifted them by the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers decided to get an early start on their Thanksgiving celebration.

Oh, their bodies were on the field, but their heads and hearts clearly weren’t anywhere near Ford Field.

Never posing even a remote threat to score, Green Bay managed to scrabble together just 83 offensive yards and 10 minutes time of possession in two quarters. Instead, they gave the ball away three times and, to complete the humiliation, surrendered a safety-

The result was an ignominious 10-40 defeat — and very likely, the death of their playoff chances.

Not a single Packers player distinguished himself in this game.

Quarterback Matt Flynn was ineffective all day, completing just 10 of his 20 passes for 139 yards and an interception. He was sacked seven times for -37 yards and lost two fumbles.

Reshuffled after a knee injury to center Evan Dietrich-Smith in the first half, the offensive line could do little more than wave their arms helplessly as the relentless Detroit pass rush harried Flynn. Flynn compouneded the problem by holding on to the ball too long and taking unnecessary hits.

The receiving corps was invisible today. The only wide receiver to break 20 yards was James Jones, who finished with three catches for 79 yards, 56 of which came on the second-to-last play of the game.

The rushing attack was equally ineffective. Perhaps weighed down by his cravings for hot turkey, running back Eddie Lacy went nowhere, accumulating just 16 yards on 10 carries. Flynn was the second leading rusher with four yards.

Meanwhile, outside of an interception in the end zone by cornerback Sam Shields, the defense was about as mythical as the traditional tale of the first Thanksgiving.

They allowed running backs Reggie Bush (20 carries, 117 yards, one touchdown) and Joique Bell (19 carries, 94 yards, one touchdown) to run all over them and pound them into submission. In total, they gave up an astounding 241 rushing yards at 5.6 yards per carry.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford systematically picked the secondary apart, completing 22 of 35 passes (62.9 percent) for 330 yards and three interceptions. Had it not been for the two interceptions he threw and the fumble he coughed up, Detroit might have scored over 50 points.

The only real bright spot on the day for Dom Capers’ squad was the turnovers they came up with, including the fumble returned by safety Morgan Burnett for Green Bay’s only touchdown of the day.

Standouts

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell ran as men possessed. They played a hard-hitting, physical style of football, imposing their will on the defensive line. They broke numerous tackles, bulldozing their way to the second and third levels.

They were also effective in the passing game. Bush caught all five of the targets thrown his way for 65 yards (13 yards per catch). Bell came up with three of his four targets for 34 yards (11.3 ypc).

Green Bay simply had no answer for Bush and Bell, and it wasn’t entirely clear that the defense even cared.

Slipups

This was a total team failure on the part of the Green Bay Packers. They were dreadful in every phase of the game, and the coaching staff was unable to bring out anything resembling a spark of passion from this team.

Matt Flynn didn’t help his cause any. Other than the garbage-time pass to Jones, he didn’t make a single decisive play all afternoon. The safety only accentuated how impotent the offense was.

Injuries

Tight end Ryan Taylor left in the third quarter after a brutal hit and was examined on the sidelines for a possible concussion. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

What’s next

It’s not the fact the Packers lost. Losses happen to the best of teams, and this is a team decimated by injury.

No, it’s how they lost that is so appalling. Without Aaron Rodgers on the field, Green Bay seems to have no passion or drive. They look like they have lost the will to win.

All they needed was one victory over the past four weeks, and they would have remained solidly in the playoff race. The best they bothered to muster was a sloppy tie with one of the worst teams in the league.

That is an indictment not only of the players themselves, but also coaching staff, who seem paralyzed and indecisive without Rodgers taking snaps.

No longer do the Packers have the chance to control their own destiny. They will require a tremendous amount of help to sneak into the playoffs, where they would likely be embarrassed as thoroughly as they were today.

Now the Packers must lick their wounds and find a way to regroup for next week’s home stand against the Atlanta Falcons (2-9). This is a match-up that promises to be so uninteresting, NBC exercised its option to flex the game out of its Sunday Night Football package and back into the ordinary noon slot.

Such is the fate of the 2013 Green Bay Packers, who have proven to be nothing more than a rafter of turkeys.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

618 comments
Rourke
Rourke

What a bizarre play.

Rourke
Rourke

Big Ben's wife is a good six years younger than he, but she looks at least five years older than he. Not cool. Definitely attractive, but aging scary fast.
 I wonder how awkward deflowering a 25-year-old virgin is. Takes a lot of self-control to have maintained virginity that long.

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

Peach Cobbler was the cherry on top. My eating is complete. 

Rourke
Rourke

I am sitting here pondering what the Packers would look like with Aaron Rodgers at the helm and a defense like that tackled with such passion and precision as these teams do.

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

I ate so much that I hate myself. Mission Accomplished. 

natradamus
natradamus

boykin put up an egg for me.  see, this shit is why I hate the packers-  as soon as  I start to ride GB passing game- picking up boykin (after cobbs injury) and trading for james jones:  jones gets injured-  followed by godgers going down

now boykin puts up 0.  my hatred has increased-  this shit is going to cost me playoffs in $140 league.

I also drafted nelson-  who pulled in a massive 14 yds.

Rarely Evenn
Rarely Evenn

People put more emphasis on QBR than passer rating. QBR is a flawed stat, passer rating is not.

Rodgers Trapper Keeper
Rodgers Trapper Keeper

Okay, I think I have grieved enough over the packer loss. I am going to switch avatars again so don't freak out please. :)

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

I pre ordered one as a gift. If I like it, ill get one for myself. 

jmac3444
jmac3444

 the worst part is gb can't blame injuries on d as everyone is healthy there

natradamus
natradamus

if the packers continue to fuck me-  I am going to start putting cash on em to win the superbowl 

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq. moderator

 I think everyone knows that, outside of Jordy, everyone involved in the Packers passing game is risky. 

jmac3444
jmac3444

 boykin is killing me too

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq. moderator

 Uh. Wut? Passer rating is extremely flawed. 

Rourke
Rourke

A rating system is like any tool: it has its proper applications. It has its strengths and weaknesses. If you take an axe into the operating room, the fault is not with the axe but with the surgeon.

jmac3444
jmac3444

 passer rating is flawed while qbr is subjective making it not a stat

Rourke
Rourke

It makes me wonder what their team meetings are like. Is Mike McCarthy as morose and depressed off the field as he seems on the sidelines? Does he really need Rodgers to have any confidence at all?

FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

I don't want him. But I think thats what gonna happen. 

jmac3444
jmac3444

 he has tried to run lacy but the oline and the opposing defenses are lining up 8 in the box and blitzing every down.

Rourke
Rourke

So simplify the scheme a bit to focus on the plays the QB can do well and run the offense through the running backs.

Oh, wait, that offensive line. Bleh.

jordyjumphere
jordyjumphere

 He said in his presser were a wounded team. Also that he doesn't like how the D has preformed the last month.

jmac3444
jmac3444

 look what he has to work with at the qb position

Rourke
Rourke

Indeed, but he's looked so timid and indecisive since he lost Rodgers.

jmac3444
jmac3444

 McCarthy will but capers won't be

jmac3444
jmac3444

 I have heard players say he can get angry in the locker room and it sounds like he was in the philly game

Rourke
Rourke

You don't think he'll be spared by the injuries on the offensive side of the ball?

jmac3444
jmac3444

 I think capers is gone next year. I really don't see how he can't be

jordyjumphere
jordyjumphere

 hope theres a lot of coffee to keep em awake.

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

Yeah if he's there.....90% chance they take him

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

But you just said you was on the toilet for a good minute,

Rourke
Rourke

You're not a potato head? Well, fuck me sideways and call me Charley.

Rodgers Trapper Keeper
Rodgers Trapper Keeper

  I'm a potato head, that is not normally my style. I am sure you mean my commenting style though. lol

Rourke
Rourke

People's styles get easy to recognize after a while.

Rourke
Rourke

My wild guess would be the CD4.