To review, the Detroit Lions have been held to 19 points or fewer in seven of their last eight games, Matt Prater missed two extra points against Green Bay, and Calvin Johnson dropped an onside-kick recovery that gave the Packers a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
Nevertheless, the Lions, who hadn’t won at Green Bay since 1991, beat the Packers 18-16 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
It was almost unfathomable.
“The Lions did everything they could do lose the game, (but) Green Bay is just playing so poorly right now,” PackerReport.com writer Bill Huber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “No matter the opponent, it doesn’t make any difference. They’re a bad football team right now – very, very bad.”
The Packers, who started the year 6-0, have now lost three straight games and have averaged just 18.3 points per game in those losses. In fact, Detroit held Green Bay to just three points through the first three quarters on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Packers coach Mike McCarthy does not intend to make significant changes or take over play-calling duties.
“Players win games,” Huber said. “My whole theory goes back to when Bill Belichick was in Cleveland. Why? Because Vinny Testaverde was his quarterback. He didn’t suddenly become a genius during a couple years between Cleveland and New England. He gets Tom Brady and becomes the greatest coach ever. Players win games. I don’t think it’s play-calling. They’re not good enough talent-wise and they’re not executing. McCarthy’s buzz word was ‘fundamentals.’ They’re not blocking well enough. Randall Cobb dropped probably a touchdown pass earlier in the game, Rodgers missed a wide-open (Davante) Adams earlier in the game for a touchdown – a lot of things are not going right. It’s a back-to-the-basics thing and it’s probably the way to go. When nothing’s going right, just start over again and get back to what we do best and maybe take a step back here. Just step back, let’s do what we do and see if we can get things figured out.”
The Packers will try to get things figured out this Sunday in Minnesota, but it won’t be easy. The NFC North-leading Vikings (7-2) have won seven of their last eight games, are 4-0 at home, and have allowed just one team to score more than 20 points in a game this season. That team was Denver, which scored 23 points at home on Oct. 4.
Since then? Five straight wins for Minnesota.
Before Sunday, Rodgers had not lost three straight games since 2008. Is it possible that he could lose four straight?
Huber says yes.
“I think the streak is 10,” Huber said. “With Rodgers at quarterback, they’ve lost 10 consecutive road games against teams with winning records. Nine of these games were against teams with top-five defenses. What’s Minnesota got? A top-five defense. Until Green Bay can go on the road and beat a legitimate team with a legitimate defense, I just say they’re (not going to do it).”