Aaron Nagler and Ryan Wood discuss the Green Bay Packers' 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions that dropped them to 7-9 to end their 2017 season.
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s column calling for the Packers to heed the warning signs that were visible throughout the team’s disappointing 2017 campaign.
It’s not a mortal sin to go .300 without your franchise quarterback, but losing the final two games against NFC North opponents by a combined 51-11 should be a fair warning that you’ve got a sagging foundation.
Managing one touchdown in the eighth and ninth starts of Hundley’s career should be a warning to someone they might not have the right guy backing up their starter.
The fact the Packers couldn’t even hold serve during the eight-game span in which Rodgers didn’t play or didn’t finish should set off beacons bright enough to reach general manager Ted Thompson’s office.
If the Packers had a quarterback who could somehow make them think they had a chance, maybe the score wouldn’t have been so lopsided and they would have left for home with their heads held high.
Instead, what it looked like from the upper deck of Ford Field was a team demoralized about the failures on offense, knowing there was no way they could beat a team whose coach might lose his job for going 9-7.
Pete Dougherty looks at potential changes:
The upside to this season is that the Packers will have their best draft position in a long time:
Ryan Wood writes on another dismal performance from the defense:
Stu Courtney has the latest Insider:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live after the game:
Michael Cohen had five quick takeaways from the game:
I listened to voicemails from Packers fans:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on how the loss of Aaron Rodgers exposed a lot in Green Bay:
Bill Huber writes on the struggles of the offense in Detroit:
Justin McCray reflected on his journey:
Cheesehead TV looks at draft position:
NBC26 looked at what impact the Packers missing the playoffs has on local Green Bay businesses:
Packers Wire looks at the best and the worst of 2017:
The NFL has highlights from Sunday’s game on their YouTube channel:
Yesterday wasn’t just the anniversary of The Ice Bowl:
Yesterday was a significant milestone for the Packers Radio Network: