The Green Bay Packers look like a team that does not care about getting a week off next weekend. In the first half of Sunday’s game at Ford Field, the Packers are getting completely outplayed by the Detroit Lions, to the tune of a 17-3 deficit at halftime.
The offense set an awful tone early, as Jimmy Graham dropped Aaron Rodgers’ perfect pass up the seam, robbing the team of what should have been a huge gain. Rodgers has been awful for most of the game, throwing only a couple of accurate balls en route to a 6-for-18 performance before halftime. Rodgers missed Aaron Jones for a touchdown late in the half, as the team had to settle for a field goal late.
The defense, meanwhile, has allowed 251 yards of offense in the first half, almost twice what they gave up in the entire game to the Vikings a week ago. Lions backup quarterback David Blough caught a touchdown pass from Danny Amendola in the first quarter, then led a long touchdown drive in the second quarter. After the Packers’ field goal, the defense let running back Ty Johnson get loose for a 40-yard gain with just seconds left in the half, giving the Lions a chance to hit a field goal and maintain a 14-point edge into the break.
Meanwhile, the Saints are rolling in Carolina, leading 35-3 at halftime. The only way the Packers could get a bye with a loss is if New Orleans were to lose, which is all but impossible at this point. Green Bay must rebound in the second half and find a way to win this game if they want to avoid hosting the Vikings in the Wild Card round next week.
The Packers get the opening kickoff of the third quarter. Keep it here for the second half.