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A Win On Monday Night? It Won't Be a Snap.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 @ 04:11pm

Over the past quarter century or so, you could count on three things as a Packer fan: Lambeau Field would be packed every game, you could always find Gilbert Brown at the Burger King drive-thru and the Pack would beat the Lions at home.

Only once did the latter not happen. But the Motor City Kitties, losers of three straight, come into Lambeau Monday night as a 2 1/2 point favorite. Such is the state of the current Packers, who while dealing with a backup quarterback making just his second career start are now scrambling to find a long snapper, with Taybor Pepper out for the season with a broken foot--injured in practice this week.

With an offense dealing with an identity crisis, a new crisis for special teams is the last thing this team needs right now. Longtime snapper Brett Goode is on the street, but can't come back to the Pack till after week ten, because they waived him off IR. Granted, long snapper is not the most vital member of the 53, but Green Bay needs every small edge it can get, and neither Mason Crosby nor Justin Vogel will feel comfortable dealing with a brand new long snapper who will have very little time to practice.

We all know how important this game is to the Packers, who really need to win two of the next three (Lions, at Bears, Ravens) to stay in the thick of things. The Lions feel equally desperate having lost their last three. But this is a division road game and they've already won one of those (at Minnesota). Their schedule eases up a bit for their next three (Browns, at Bears, Vikings on Thanksgiving).

The Packers have been great after the bye under McCarthy, 9-2, but have never had to deal with a backup QB in this situation. Hopefully, they've used the time to find ways to make Brett Hundley more comfortable. The Lions are better defensively, but their pass rush is even worse than the Pack's, so the youngster should have more time to execute the offense--he just needs to make smart decisions.

Of course, the Pack will lean on Aaron Jones to keep the Lions' defense honest. It looks possible that the five offensive line starters will all take he field to start the game (though Lane Taylor might be a bit iffy)--that is a huge development if this offense has a chance to keep pace with a Lions offense that has been great between the 20s.

For Detroit, running the ball is a rumor. Look for Matthew Stafford to drop back at least 50 times and test the Pack's corners. He's heard all week that he's 3-10 against the Pack but this time he'll be the best QB on the field and if he'd given time, he'll carve up Dom Caper's defense. One big thing working in the Pack's favor is the return of Morgan Burnett, who's back after missing the last two games with a hammy. We saw what happens to this unit when someone else is charged with wearing the miked up helmet. Getting Burnett back is huge.

It is this unit that needs to win this game. They need to create turnovers, keep penalties to a minimum and avoid giving up big plays. Overall, the unit appears to be healthy, with depth guys like Brooks, Dial and Brice banged up, but the starters all good to go. The Lions went 0-5 with TDs in the red zone on Sunday night and know they need to get much better if they expect to win close games. The Pack must keep them on this downward trend, which has them now 25th in red zone efficiency.

As important as it is for the defense to stand tall a home on Monday night, Hundley will need to step up in a big way. Nelson, Adams and Cobb need to be given a chance to make plays. I think we'll see a much more impressive Hundley on Monday night. He'll look more confident and he'll make some big plays. But he's also likely to make a big mistake or two. That might not be enough to swing the game, but combine that with the uncertainty on special teams because of the long snapper situation and the Pack comes up just short.

Lions 24  Packers 21

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Comments (13):

Waaahhhh!! Now ort longsnapper is hurt! I plan on sobbing and weeping gallons of tears and eating so many knockwursts that casings will start squirting out of my nose! *sniff*

on November 3rd, 2017 at 02:48pm

Don't worry, Packer backers! My yellow hanky is ready on 3rd and long so that you can get a load of unearned 1st downs! It might not be enough for the win,though. You do suck pretty hard without boy band groupie Erin Rodgers.

on November 3rd, 2017 at 12:48pm

I'm checking some Stats on the opposition …… That overpaid Doofus Matthew Stafford has a total QBR of 49.9 so far …… not much better than Dudley …...however, he threw for 423 yards and rushed for 11 yards against the Steelers ? …… The Steelers defense is 10X better than ours ! ……. I feel another migraine coming on …… where's my Vicodin ? …….scratch that ….. where's that bottle Prince gave me …… here it is ….Fentanyl ? …… hope this works ….MM out.

on November 4th, 2017 at 01:12am

I wish that I was as optimistic as you Dave. Since the injury to Rodgers my hope for this team is gone straight down the crapper. I am so depressed that I have stopped trolling Vikings fans on message boards. When I look in the mirror I see what a loser I am and what a fool I've been being a packer fan. Maybe I should just give up... :-(

on November 4th, 2017 at 01:13pm

The "your" being used when "you're" is obviously correct is a sign that ignorant Packer fans are trolling the FIRST PLACE MINNESOTA VIKINGS. Please learn to write properly, ignorant cheese-gobbling beer-guzzling Packer fans.

on November 4th, 2017 at 02:05pm

The "your" being used when "you're" is obviously correct is a sign that ignorant Packer fans are trolling the FIRST PLACE MINNESOTA VIKINGS. Please learn to write properly, ignorant cheese-gobbling beer-guzzling Packer fans.

on November 4th, 2017 at 02:05pm

Mark this one as "urgent" for the Pack. Although no game is either eliminating or securing at this point some are more strategically important. A game against a division rival and at home is one of those. Perhaps the best or only route to the playoffs again for the Packers is to win the NFC North. To achieve that they need to win all or at least 3 of the 4 games left on that schedule. If they manage that they'll be at 7 0r 8 wins on the season and only need to scratch out 2 0r 3 more on the remaining 5 to get to 11-5 or 10-6 to playoff qualify. There are more hopeful signals that Aaron Rodgers might be back by then so another 2010 run just might be a possibility. But that's looking long term. Now the team has to step up and show us a confident game. They've had 3 weeks now to get things figured out for the absence of Rodgers period so there can't be too many excuses left. I have a feeling the Packers rise to the occasion and win an important one in more ways than one 24-19.

on November 4th, 2017 at 07:00am

I'll flip your score around

on November 4th, 2017 at 10:39am

come on now my viking rubes, please don't embarrass me and the vikings anymore by coming on a Packers web site and thinking your funny. YOUR NOT. don't we have our own to write in??all things being even, I would rather be coaching in Title town, but thank God the vikes gave me this job.

on November 4th, 2017 at 11:55am

ok, now you guys are saying I"M not a viking fan. YOUR crazy, have u ever listened to me speak,?? i don't do it good.

on November 5th, 2017 at 10:48am

I'm hoping we can eek one out but as I say that I think without Rogers what are the Packers? I sadly look next door at the Vikings and see a team built to win no matter who is in at QB. I cannot say the same about our team. I mean it forced me in my conversations with Vikings fan friends to admit that the Vikings are better in every way on defense and it's not even close, there offense versus the pack without Rogers is better too. Is this the beginning of another downward trend for the packers as ARog is not a spring chicken anymore. Hope I'm wrong but I see too many weaknesses on this team right now.

on November 6th, 2017 at 11:05am

I remember Davey talking of trading Hundley for a 2nd or 3rd rounder at the start of the year.(LMAO) That was after stating how much he loved Martellus Bennett. Dave is the biggest homer on the planet. This was after stating the secondary would be much improved. He seems to have become rather quiet now. This was good for Dave to see. He stated how the packers had the staff and players to overcome this. I'm almost feeling sorry for Dave. It's somewhat sad.

on November 7th, 2017 at 05:34am

on November 7th, 2017 at 05:35am

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