Detroit Lions feast on Green Bay Turkeys, 40-10
- Updated: November 28, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not disturbing that 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.
@FalconsFan0125 well that too ...
@FalconsFan0125 i feel ya ...... 3 primetime games and 3 losses ....... you got a MNF game left @SF which mostly prolly also will be a loss ...... atleast this game being flexed helped yall reduce the amount of embarrasment coz its a december game in lambeau and rodgers will be back ....
I dont feel embarrassed. It was not the best match-up of the day. Saints vs Panthers is a more meaningful match-up and is definitely more worthy of the SNF spot.
@FalconsFan0125 It should have been 56-0, if not for the turnovers.
These Whiners are so full of shit .... for 8 months they were bitching about not getting the holding call in the Superbowl and now they found something else to bitch for the next 8-10 months .......SMH!!
@mountaineer4life That's all on the HC, the players are a reflection of their coach.
@robertj72 Peace out man
McCarthy said it best, defensive schemes won't do anything if you can't get off the block and tackle.
@S1L3NT_resignation definately Dom Capers .... dont know bout others ...
@S1L3NT_resignation I agree....all coaches should go. TTYL
Robert The Saints outgained the Niners 179yds to -7 yds in the 4THQTR, with 3 unforced turnovers, they were fortunate to be in that game to make the Brooks play that important.
@LSU4LIFE add to the fact that Lance moore already gifted them the ball in the redzone with the mobbed fail catch on the punt ..... and Brees got called for intentional grounding but Kaepernick doesnt get that call in the endzone when he was clearly in the pocket ....
@LSU4LIFE Both teams were fortunate in that game.
The Saints will play 7 and 8 men in the box to stop Lynch, and dare Wilson to throw the ball downfield, if he goes 24 for 31 and 260 to 270 yds with 2 or 3 Td's, you tip your hat and you probably go home with the loss, basically the same D that was played against the Niners.
@LSU4LIFE WEll Saints did not get called for a tackle around Kaeps neck in hteir game and did get a call for Brooks hit in the chest. Those calls will turn in Seattle's favor when they are at home.
@LSU4LIFE lol those are very specific projected numbers
@robertj72 @mountaineer4life @LSU4LIFE the guy was bleeding ...... you can put it in slow version and it doesnt take the fact away ...... there are many calls that are blowing but the league doesnt penalize it saying it was fair and the penatly was induced due to the perception of a naked eye in real time ...... but the league office fined this one ..... after all the looks in slow version on all angles .......
@JJ Brandon "Buck" Lafell My buddy is a Hawkeye and he is working today........LOL@him
@mountaineer4life Theyve sucked for a long time save the last 2 seasons. It's to be expected
@mountaineer4life Like the saints before 2007
@mountaineer4life Morning Mount. With Browner and his back up out, Brees will feast on the no.3 CB
@Tony don't retire Cancer victims are funnier than Kevin Hart.