I have heard radio callers and others express concern about the Packers dropping this one to the Lions. I realize that the set-up is perfect: fading team that keeps finding new ways to lose meets the 0-15 team that nearly took it to Indy on the road a couple weeks ago (before getting smoked by the Saints). I know Rod Marinelli will give as passionate a speech as he can to get his players fired up because it will likely be his last pre-game speech not just as the Lion’s head coach, but as a head coach anywhere. I know that the NFL and many fans would love to see the Packers puke it so that it could become this big story and some Fox reporter could do a ridiculous post-game piece about triumph in the face of adversity trying to make us cry for some reason – of course it would be called “The Heart of a Lion”.
Fact is folks, the Packers, who are favored by 10.5, will likely win by 28 points, maybe 31. This is going to be an unfortunate game for Detroit and anyone pulling for the upset. Yes, Kevin Smith will have some scary runs early on and Calvin Johnson will have a few “how did he do that” moments. But outside of those fleeting displays of talent, Woodson will take at least one to the house, Grant will have 4 TDs, Jennings will have a couple TDs, Jeremy Kapinos will have a 74 yard punt, Rodgers will have 320 yards passing by early 3rd quarter when he’s pulled out and Matt Flynn will throw his first NFL TD. It will end the season for the Pack in a positive way and it will leave us appropriately remembering that while there are definitely some issues that need to be addressed in the off-season, this team hung in there against some really good teams and is not far away from being a winning team.
Now, you may want to take what I say with a pound of salt because it was 6 short weeks ago that I wrote this fateful post…a post that may have in fact ruined the season for the Packers. In it, I essentially contended that the final 6 games weren’t too bad and I expected them to win most of them. I also intentionally stated that I was getting ahead of myself by intentionally NOT taking it one game at a time because I can’t stand that cliche. For those still searching for people to blame this season on, feel free to point at me for very clearly jinxing the team.