Packers vs. Lions: Biggest Takeaways from Detroit's Blowout Win

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Packers vs. Lions: Biggest Takeaways from Detroit's Blowout Win
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The Detroit Lions destroyed the Green Bay Packers 40-10 in an NFC North Thanksgiving bout that many likely turned off rather early. 

Without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers simply did not have enough firepower to keep up. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk has the gruesome details:

Yikes. If that didn't force fans back to the table to overindulge just to avoid watching the embarrassment, nothing will. 

Now that the dust has settled on the lopsided contest, here is a look at a few of the biggest takeaways. Enjoy.

 

Green Bay is Dreadful Without Aaron Rodgers 

This seems obvious enough.

The Packers are a putrid team without the quarterback who has thrown for over 4,000 yards four times in his career and has various prestigious awards to his name. Shocker.

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But really, did we expect the Packers to be this bad? Matt Flynn finally won a starting job by beating out Scott Tolzien. His final line on the day? A 10-of-20 effort for 139 yards and an interception.

Remember stud rookie back Eddie Lacy? Sixteen yards on 10 carries. He has now broke the 100-yard mark one time in his past four games, clearly the byproduct of friendly running lanes with defenses focused on Rodgers.

There is no excuse for the defense. The unit surrendered its highest point total of the year and allowed the staggering 561 total yards. 

All things considered, the Packers are one of the NFL's worst without Rodgers under center. 

 

The Packers are out of the Hunt in the NFC North

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The good news is Rodgers expects to be back in action by Week 14, per ESPN.

One problem—the Packers are already out of the NFC North race.

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Green Bay sits in third place behind Chicago and Detroit at 5-6-1. The season series with Detroit has now been split, but the good news is Green Bay and Chicago still have a date to close the season.

A 9-6-1 record would mean the playoffs for Green Bay, but only if Detroit loses two of its next four. That's a long shot, as is Green Bay's chance of winning the rest of its games with Rodgers just getting back in the swing of things.

Heck, Rodgers' status for Week 14 is far from official, and one has to wonder if the team will even risk the improbable run with their franchise player.

After Thanksgiving, it is only right to stick a fork in the Packers.

 

Detroit Easily the Favorite in NFC North

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions are now firmly in the driver's seat in the NFC North at 7-5.

Chicago is the next closest team, but the Lions own the head-to-head tiebreaker after a season sweep of the Bears.

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Besides, with the way Detroit is playing, the Lions will be a tough out for any team. It helps the Lions still play the New York Giants, Minnesota and Philadelphia this year—all teams that rank No. 16 or worse against the pass. The Vikings and Eagles rank in the bottom five.

Detroit is coming off a game where Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson each surpassed 100 total yards as Stafford threw for 330 yards and three scores.

A shaky pass defense may hurt the Lions at some point, but not against any of the remaining teams on the schedule save the erratic Philadelphia offense.

Credit where it is due—the Lions took care of business against Green Bay and now have a relatively easy task the rest of the way en route to an NFC North title.

 

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