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Turkey Day Trouble: Packers routed by Lions

The Green Bay Packers' brutal month of November ended Thursday with a 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Green Bay Packers' brutal month of November ended Thursday with a 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions.

On November 4th, the Packers took to the field on a Monday night at home against the Chicago Bears.  They were sitting at 5-2, leading the NFC North division. 

Of course, that was the night Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.  Three other starting quarterbacks later, the Packers are 0-4-1 over their past five games.  They are now 5-6-1 on the season and their playoff chances are on life support, even if Rodgers makes a return for December 8th's game with the Atlanta Falcons.

Green Bay was completely dominated on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.  The Lions outgained the Packers, 561 yards to 126.  Matt Flynn, getting his turn to start in place of Rodgers, completed 10 of 20 passes for 139 yards, turning it over twice. 

The 30 point margin of victory should have even been worse.  The Packers defense forced four Lions turnovers, including a Matthew Stafford fumble that Morgan Burnett recovered and ran into the end zone for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 10-3 2nd quarter lead.  Two other Detroit turnovers occurred in the Green Bay red zone.

But when they weren't turning the ball over, the Lions offense was unstoppable against a lifeless Green Bay defense.  Detroit racked up 241 yards rushing.  In fact, Green Bay's run defense has fallen from 3rd in the NFL to 28th in a matter of five weeks.

Green Bay will now have 10 days off before hosting the Falcons.  They likely need to win their final four games to have any chance at making the playoffs.  That seems like a tall task, given the effort the Packers showed in Detroit on a miserable Turkey Day.

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