Time To Panic: Packers Lose To Lions At Lambeau For First Time In 24 Years
Every year we are shown the sad statistics about how long it has been since the Detroit Lions have won against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, and every year the streak gets longer and longer. When the Packers started the season 5-0 and the Lions were 1-4, it seemed a forgone conclusion that it would be yet another year of winlessness to add to one of the more pathetic streaks in NFL history.
Yet on Sunday in Week 10 of the 2015 season the Lions finally exorcised their demons, beating the Packers 18-16 as Mason Crosby's would-be game-winning field goal was blocked as time ran out in the fourth quarter. Not only did the Lions win at Lambeau for the first time since Dec. 15, 1991, they also handed the Packers their third loss in a row. Aaron Rodgers hasn't lost three games in a row as a starter since the 2008 season.
For context, here's what the Lions losing streak looks like when charted.
And here are a few more memes for even more context.
At 6-3 and currently second in the NFC North behind the Vikings (pending the results of their game against the Raiders this afternoon) the Packers are hardly in trouble of dropping out of the playoff race. They have certainly earned the benefit of the doubt as far as being able to climb their way back from adversity.
The problem is that they may just not have the tools to do it. With Eddie Lacy's injuries problems and consistency issues at wide receiver with the loss of Jordy Nelson this season, the once powerful Green Bay offense is forced to rely on their defense and special teams to try to make plays that they normally wouldn't have to make. There are adjustments to be made, and but whether Mike McCarthy and the rest of the Packers coaching staff actually make them still remains to be seen.
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