Packers Head to Detroit For Second Straight Thursday Night Game
The Green Bay Packers are looking to get back in the win column after Chicago defeated them at home last week on Thanksgiving. The Packers are also hoping for a little revenge after Detroit defeated them at Lambeau for the first time since 1991 a few weeks ago.
The question is, which Packers offense is going to show up? The one against Minnesota or the one that's struggled at Denver, at Carolina, and at home against Detroit and Chicago?
The positive the last two weeks has been Green Bay's run game. The Packers have ran the ball well the last two weeks. Eddie Lacy has rushed for over 100 yards in two straight games. Lacy had a key fumble, but averaged 6.2 yards per carry, while James Starks averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Over the last few weeks, it's taken a little bit for the Packers' offense to heat up, like against Denver, Carolina, Detroit and Chicago. Green Bay nearly came back to beat Carolina, Detroit and Chicago, but it was too late in those games. The Panthers and Bears each made defensive stands in the red zone and Green Bay missed a last second field against Detroit. Aaron Rodgers had a big second half against Carolina, but threw an interception on the last drive to Thomas Davis that was costly. Against Chicago, Rodgers injured his wrist in the third quarter and couldn't feel his left hand for that quarter. It looked to bother him. He threw an interception on the Packers second to last drive. It appeared Davante Adams didn't finish his route on the play. Adams struggled all Thanksgiving night and dropped some big passes. Rodgers and Cobb didn't get going until the fourth quarter. James Jones had a quiet unlike the previous week when he caught a touchdown and had 109 yards. Communication has looked to be off lately and missing Jordy Nelson is probably a factor. But Adams, Cobb, and Jones are still very good receivers. Maybe it's just a slump. Jared Abberderis is healthy and has practiced this seek. Abberderis made some big catches down the stretch against Detroit. And don't forget Jeff Janis. He's made some big special teams plays. But Janis isn't getting targeted in the passing game.
The Packers are banged up. So are a lot of teams. It's December now. Just win, baby should be Green Bay's mantra. Get hot and see what happens. Start with Thursday's game against Detroit. Get the run game going and get on the same page in the passing game. And do it early.
Packers: Ty Montgomery is out of Thursday's game, while Bryan Bulaga, T.J. Lang, Corey Linsley, Damarious Randall and J.C. Tretter are questionable and Abberderis, Demetri Goodson, Micah Hyde, Nate Palmer and Josh Sitton are probable.
Lions: Lance Moore is out of Thursday's game, while Calvin Johnson, Matt Prater, Quin Glover, Caruan Reid, Travis Swanson and Larry Warford are questionable and James Ihedigbo, Golden Tate and Gabe Wright are probable.
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