The Packers continue to show that they can win a game in a variety of different ways. The latest victory tested the team’s resilience for 59 minutes and 58 seconds but eventually, the Packers made enough plays to emerge victorious from the Lions Den. Yea, I know that’s corny, but for the last two years playing against the Lions was like being thrown into the Lion’s den. It was nice to see the packers slay the Lions with big plays in the passing and running game in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback.
These are the players that I thought impacted Monday’s 23-22 victory.
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1. The Law Firm of Smith ESQ.
I know I praise the Smith’s every week, but isn’t it awesome to have a legitimate pass rush?!?! The duo is responsible for 13 sacks this season (7 from Preston and 6 from Captain Z) and always seems to make a play on third down to hold opposing offenses to field goals or get the Packers defense off of the field. This week, the duo made sure to introduce themselves to Matthew Stafford to give him a taste of what’s in store for the next four years.
2. Allen Lazard
Lazard was the difference-maker in Monday Night’s win as he capitalized on all of his opportunities. Lazard showed off his combination of size, speed, strength, and strong hands as he made a contested grab for a touchdown and bulldozed his way through defenders for important yards after the catch during Green Bay’s game-winning drive. Hopefully, Lazard will continue to get opportunities to make plays in the passing game and provide some production during Davante Adams’s absence.
3. Jamaal Williams
Not only did Jamaal Williams shoulder the load at times and have a great game, but he did not alter his running style after being severely concussed during the Eagles game. Coming back from a vicious hit like that has to be tough, so it shouldn’t be unnoticed that Jamaal was ready to step right in and play a vital role in the Packer offense.
4. Aaron Rodgers
I know he is the superstar quarterback who has the mega-contract and the fame that comes along with that, but Aaron has been nothing but a team player this year. He has committed to moving the ball down the field by whatever means necessary (relying on check-downs and the running game), he has adapted to a new offensive system, and he has made it work with a less than stellar group of wide receivers, all while still managing to help lead the team to a 5-1 record.
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1. Darrius Shepherd
Darrius would have been the storyline in Green Bay had the Packers not come back and defeated the Lions. His bonehead plays single-handedly gift-wrapped the Lions with points and took points off the board for the Packers. Shepherd better get his shit together quickly or the team will have to consider looking for a more productive alternative.
2. ESPN’s Monday Night Crew
For future Monday Night Packer games, I would highly advise you all to mute your televisions and tune into the Packers Watch Party with Corey and Aaron. Tessitore and Booger aren’t worthy enough to hold their beers, it’s as simple as that.
3. The Bitching and Moaning about the Hands to the Face Calls
Look, we all can agree the NFL is a clown car disaster when it comes to officiating and Alberto Riveron is a complete bafoon, but Packer fans are the last people that want to hear about being gifted a game because of officials. Let me remind all of you jackasses of the unmitigated disaster that was the “Fail Mary” game in Seattle, or the constant trolling of Clay Matthews last year for “roughing” the passer, or phantom touches by the Packers punt returners that resulted in a “fumble” in Detroit. Take your bitching and moaning somewhere else, if anything, the Packers earned those two calls on Monday Night. (Actually, I came across some freeze-framed images that showed Bakhtiari’s neck area being grabbed, so sorry, not sorry?)
David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave