Sunday, October 18, 2009

Final: Packers 26 - Lions 0

November 17, 1946. That's the last time the Packers shut out the Lions. The last time the Pack shut out the Lions in Green Bay was five years before that. And the Packers' win streak over the Lions in the state of Wisconsin goes to 19 with today's 26-0 victory.

Aaron Rodgers had the fifth 300+ yards passing game of his career. He threw for 358 yards with 2 TDs and one interception on the day. Ryan Grant had his long run of the season, 22 yards, in the waning minutes of the game. S Atari Bigby made his presence known, picking off a pass in the endzone to preserve the shutout after the Lions had first and goal at the Packers' 9-yard line. Cullen Jenkins had an interception earlier in the game, and Al Harris also had a pick. The defense deserves a lot of credit for keeping Detroit off the scoreboard. Granted, the Lions didn't have many weapons. But keeping a zero on the board for 60 minutes against any team deserves credit. Great job, "D"!

So, yay! Packers win. Get a shut out. Go to 3-2 on the season. They head to Cleveland next weekend. That should put them at 4-2 going into the rematch with the ViQueens and Ol' #4 at Lambeau.

But in the meantime, can we please clean up the crappy play we saw way too much of today, Coach McCarthy? You know, the penalties, the sacks, the dropped balls, the missed opportunities in the redzone...that kinda stuff...the mistakes we have seen through the first five games of the season. No excuses at this point.

The Packers got their much-needed win against the Lions. But against healthier and better teams, such sloppiness will result in a loss rather than a win.

Get it together, guys. You've got all the potential in the world. But you have to start playing like it. And soon.