A brief overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
After their embarrassing shutout loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers find themselves sliding down the USA TODAY NFL Power Rankings, dropping three spots to No. 21.
Their opponents this week, the Detroit Lions, are coming off their own embarrassing loss to a bad Cincinnati Bengals team. They’ve dropped down two spots to No. 17.
Here’s what they had to say about the Packers:
Brett Hundley is almost Aaron Rodgers on road (8 TD, 3 INT, 97.6 QB rating) and just about DeShone Kizer at Lambeau (0 TD, 7 INT, 50.6 QB rating).
And here’s what they wrote on the Lions:
Detroit clearly has significant issues on both sides of ball. But no excuse to lose to a cratering Bengals club with playoffs still in reach.
Elsewhere, Elliot Harrison drops the Packers six spots to No. 22:
Not the best day for the Packers, if you watched. It was hard to get into the game this week, as the word was guys were already packing up for the season once the team was eliminated from playoff contention and the decision was made to sit Aaron Rodgers. Unlike the Colts, who gave the Ravens a contest earlier on Saturday, Green Bay could generate nothing on offense. Not just in terms of points, either, as Brett Hundley and Co. produced just 239 yards and two turnovers. The ACME Packing Company Packers manufactured more output in 1921.
Over at ESPN, the Packers drop six spots to No. 21:
From their website, which looked at each team’s expected wins prior to the start of the season:
10.5 wins: The expectation was Green Bay would post yet another winning season, but heading into Week 17, the best-case scenario for the Packers is a .500 finish. Losing Aaron Rodgers hurt, and Brett Hundley's failing to throw a touchdown pass at Lambeau Field didn't help.
Jesse Pantuosco at Rotoworld has the Packers dropping four spots to No. 21:
The Packers stirred up some controversy last week by putting a seemingly healthy Aaron Rodgers back on injured reserve, prompting teams to call for his release. A two-time MVP hitting the open market due to a technicality would be the craziest story in the NFL since Deflategate. As for the Packers’ current starting quarterback, well let’s just say Brett Hundley has some rough edges he needs to smooth out. He’s been stunningly awful at home this year, producing a 50.6 quarterback rating with no touchdowns and seven interceptions at Lambeau Field.
Over at The Monday Morning Quarterback, the crew has the Packers dropping a whopping 10 spots to No. 24:
Not to be left out of the drop-a-thon, Athlon Sports slides the Packers down six spots to No. 21:
From their website:
The ending to 2017 has been like air slowly being let out of a balloon in Green Bay but the upside of all these young players getting game experience is that the front office has a better idea of what they need in what is looking like a pivotal offseason.