Sunday, October 18, 2009

End of 3rd quarter: Packers 26 - Lions 0

The Packers conducted an 11 play, 70-yard drive chewing up more than 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter, getting down into the Lions' redzone for the fourth time today...and for the third out of those four times had to settle for another field goal. That has allowed Mason Crosby to tie his own record of 4 field goals in a game.

A key play which helped halt momentum was a short dump off pass to Ryan Grant who merely dropped the ball. Where we have seen that before this season? Oh yeah, the Packers lead the league in that category as well as sacks allowed. Great.

Another blown opportunity: on the Packers' fifth trip into the Lions' redzone -- 5, count 'em -- the Pack had the ball late in the quarter with first and goal at the Lions' 3-yard line. Rodgers got stripped of the ball on the fifth sack of the day. No points this time, not even a field goal. And...LT Chad Clifton came up limping and calling for help to get off the field. Not good, on two counts.

I know, I know...the Pack is winning. But if Detroit wasn't so banged up it could be a very different game. You fail to take advantage of repeated opportunities to get in the endzone against a decent team and it will come back to haunt you. The Packers don't seem to have that killer instinct. Or if they do, they shoot themselves in the foot with penalties, dropped balls and sacks given up.