What a disappointing performance.
I said early Monday that it killed their playoff chances, and technically that's untrue. Mathematically they can still make the playoffs, but with four divisional losses? I just don't see it.
Here's the thing though—the defense is actually playing well. They didn't get killed by the Packers, and Nick Fairley had a breakout game.
It's the offense that is killing them. More specifically, Matt Stafford.
Sure, Titus Young being a punk hurts, as does the struggling offensive line. However, the biggest issue is Stafford's play.
Stafford is what gets this offense going, and he isn't doing that. The slow starts are stemming from his inability to get his passes to his receivers on a consistent basis. Sure, he's had issues with receivers dropping balls, but he's also had massive accuracy issues.
He doesn't look comfortable, confident or decisive, unless he's throwing to Calvin Johnson and even then, it's not pretty.
What is going on is difficult to say. This is still the guy who threw for 5,000 yards in 2011.
Something has changed, though, and it's killing this team.