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Monday’s game will likely go down as The Allen Lazard Game in Packers lore
Football is the ultimate team sport. It might be a cliche, but it’s also the truth.
The Green Bay Packers’ victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night is proof of that. With the team beat up and consistently facing multiple score deficits, every single person stepped it up from the cream of the crop (Aaron Rodgers dropping dimes) to those that barely made the roster (this game will be known as The Allen Lazard Game for years to come).
That is the sign of how well of a roster the front office is built. It’s not just stars making plays, although that’s why they make a ton more money than the backups, but also how your second and third-string guys are contributing as well. It’s a big reason the Packers are 5-1 and why general manager Brian Gutekunst could earn executive of the year honors.
Aside from Lazard, Dean Lowry played a fantastic game by stuffing the run at every corner. Marcedes Lewis probably should be leapfrogging Jimmy Graham on the depth chart as he had two catches for 50 yards and was consistent as a blocker as usual.
This year’s Packers are a team in the truest sense of the word and that means names you don’t normally hear on the broadcast get some mentions. That’s a great sign as the season wears on.
Now onto today’s curds.
Everyone will label this as yet another Aaron Rodgers-engineered comeback, but it was so much more than that. The Packers had their backs to the wall for 59:58, didn’t blink, and then some otherwise unknown players made plays that needed to be made.
Everyone keeps waiting for the Marquez Valdes-Scantling breakout game and after what initially looked like a bad injury, the second-year receiver came back in and made a great catch. He now has a catch of 40-plus yards in seven of 21 games and fans should be patient as the former fifth round pick continues to develop.
October is the NFL’s Crucial Catch month to bring awareness to cancer and cancer screenings and it was fitting Mason Crosby kicked the game-winning field goal as his wife Molly was diagnosed with lung cancer this past summer and was able to watch her husband’s first career Lambeau Leap six weeks after surgery.
“La Cabra” showed off his bilingual skills after Monday’s victory and while it wasn’t perfect, fans took notice and appreciated the effort.
If you think the last two years in Green Bay were lean, imagine having Andy Dalton as your quarterback. Hope someone gets this guy some hand and foot warmers. He may up there for awhile.