The Green Bay Packers went to Ford Field in Detroit and outlasted the Lions 24-20, in a key match-up for momentum in the NFC North. With a few days until they play their annual Thanksgiving game, the Detroit Lions were hoping to be riding high after Sunday's game; but that was not the case as the Packers came in to the Lions' den and came out victorious.
Here are the five things we learned from the game on Sunday:
1. The Green Bay Packers are a better team than the Detroit Lions. Period. Even with a notable list of Packers stars not playing in the game- such as linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive back Charles Woodson, and wide receiver Greg Jennings; the Packers simply are better than the Lions.
2. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled on Sunday, and is not backing up the stellar season he had last year with another one this season. Stafford completed just 17/39 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions; and a lost fumble. If Detroit is going to have any chance at the playoffs, and regaining form in the NFC North, Stafford has to be better than he was on Sunday; much better.
3. Green Bay Packers wide received Randall Cobb is doing an outstanding job in receiving game in place of injured star Greg Jennings. Cobb had another solid game, catching nine balls for 74 yards, including the game winning 22 yard scoring strike from Aaron Rodgers with a 1:55 to go in the fourth quarter. Randall Cobb is making solid gains from his rookie year last year where his primary impact was in the return game. This year, Cobb is on target in both the return game, and more importantly in the receiving game.
4. Detroit is showing indiscipline and lack of poise as they find ways to shoot themselves in the foot over and over again. Whether it be turnovers, as in four today, untimely penalties that halt progress like the seven for 50 yards today; or dropped balls and missed assignments; the Lions are not putting together a solid game lately. With a short week on deck for the Lions, and the Houston Texans on the board at Ford Field for a Thanksgiving showdown; Detroit does not have much time to get ready a national television audience.
5. Green Bay is on a roll, and it could not have come at a better time. In winning their fifth straight game, the Packers put the rest of the league on notice that even when all-world quarterback has an average game, and when they are less than at full strength; and whether they are at home or on the road; the dominant Packers we have been used to the last several seasons seem to be arriving just in time for the Holidays.