From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 5

10/7/13 in NFL   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) drops back to pass the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsThe Lions hadn't beat the Packers on the road in 21 years (think about that - kids have been born who can now drink without seeing the Lions win in Wisconsin) and many went into Sunday thinking that may change.  Prior to the game, it was announced Calvin Johnson wasn't going to be playing which pretty much ended any hope of that.

The Lions had no offense without Megatron, which marks the second game in a row where the Packers defense looked really strong with Clay Matthews on the field.  Unfortunately, Matthews fractured his thumb, so that could be a nuisance going forward.  [Adam Schefter now saying Clay Matthews could miss a month.]  Morgan Burnett was finally back and looked pretty good for his first week in action.  Obviously the defense wasn't facing the full Lions attack, so its hard to take too much pride in the performance, though the remaining talent on the Lions offense is still pretty impressive.

The Packers offense was effective, but again struggled to finish off drives.  Mason Crosby had a 5 field goal game and has yet to miss one this year, which is great news.  That said, 1 or 2 of those field goals being touchdowns puts the game out of touch and makes the game a blowout. That's probably going to be a necessity on Thanksgiving when Calvin Johnson is playing.  The running game missed out on its third straight 100 yard rusher by one yard.  Eddie Lacy would've been the third different one in the streak.  Still, the running game appears to be legitimate and this is a great development for any playoff run the Packers want to make.

Next week the Packers move on to play Baltimore on the road.  The Ravens moved to 3-2 with a win over the Dolphins on Sunday.  Its hard to figure out how good Baltimore really is, so this figures to be a good test for both teams.  With a win, the Packers would have their first winning streak of the year, have a winning record for the first time this year, and figure to be in good shape in the division race.
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