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5 reasons why the Packers will beat the Lions (and 1 reason why they...never mind)

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5 reasons why the Packers will beat the Lions (and 1 reason why they...never mind)

At noon Lambeau Time today, the Green Bay Packers will throttle the Detroit Lions at home for the 25th time in a row.

It will be glorious, as all Packers wins are. Brats will be eaten. Beer will be consumed. "Go Pack Go!" will be chanted. Loudly.

But at the end of the day, it's a win over the hapless Lions. Packers fans will be happy, but we'll still be wondering if the problems plaguing this year team truly took a step forward to getting fixed, or if they were fixed temporarily because today's opponent was the Lions.

Instead of going over five reasons why the Packers will win today, I'm going to examine five things I'd like to see from the Packers today. It's a given that the Packers will win the game. They're playing the freaking Lions. Let's focus instead on moving forward and addressing some the issues that have cropped up recently:

Rhythm, rhythm and more rhythm
I want to see the Packers offense get in a groove and execute the play called as it's supposed to be executed. That means Aaron Rodgers take his drop, plants his feet, and hits his initial read as the play was drawn up. No dancing around going from read to read. No dodging numerous unblocked rushers. No sandlot, schoolyard stuff. The Packers are very fortunate to have a quarterback who can improvise and make sandlot-style football work, but that can't be the basis for a consistently successful offense -- no matter who the quarterback is. It's time for the Packers offense to get its timing down and start clicking.

A sack
The Broncos and Panthers offensive lines don't exactly resemble the Dallas Cowboys' lines from the early and mid-90s, yet the Packers haven't recorded a sack for two weeks. The pass rush was a strength for the Packers early this season. It's time to make it a strength again.

Enough with the injuries
Can we please get a game where at least one Packers starter isn't shown making the walk back to the locker room with a game-ending injury? Thank you.

Eddie Lacy to do something...anything
In half a season, Lacy has gone from one of the most exciting young players in football to a second-stringer. I don't expect Lacy to magically come back to life and return to his old self overnight. But perhaps the Packers can help him a bit. Lacy caught at least 35 passes each of his first two seasons. He only has 10 catches in 2015. Get him the ball in space on a few screen passes, or as a safety valve for Rodgers. See if you can get Lacy rumbling forward on a head of steam and running over defensive backs again. Perhaps that will light his fire.

Just win, baby
The Packers haven't won a football game since Oct. 18. That's almost an entire month! I don't care if it's against the Lions. The Packers need a win. I need to see the Packers win again! Just win, Packers! That's what we want to see most of all.

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NashvilleCheesehead's picture

I wish I could R-E-L-A-X about this game and the remainder of the season. If just four of you five things happen I'll take that as real progress. I started the season wondering if this is our year to win a Super Bowl. After attending the San Diego game I was wondering IF we could find a way to MAKE the Super Bowl. Now I wonder if our playoff hopes are fading just a bit. Sheesh!

Since '61's picture

Nashville - I understand your frustration. Try to take one game at a time. If we can get this team healthy they just might get hot at the right time and make that SB run. But right now the only game they need to win is today's Lion's game. RELAX and Enjoy. Thanks, Since '61

NashvilleCheesehead's picture

Since 61, hard to relax watching this team. Yikes!!

Since '61's picture

Adam - I like your 5 points. I would include winning at the LOS on both sides of the ball. If that happens we'll get a sack and Rodgers will be able to make his throws. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

D Ernesto's picture

One big plus for the Pack is playing on grass and being used to it. The lions play on a parking lot surface and will probably fall on their arses all day long.
Would not be surprised to see a decent day of passing from Stafford. Its there only hope.

EdsLaces's picture

I really hate saying we will definitely win the game. There are no guarantees in football.

MCM's picture

In hindsight I hate this artictle

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