Detroit outgained Green Bay 561 to 126 in total yards, the biggest margin of any NFL game this season. The result continued a month-long trend: The rest of this Packers team has failed to step up with Rodgers out.
"It was an embarrassing loss for us," coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. "We don't feel very good about ourselves right now. We're a wounded team that got drilled today."
There are positive signs Rodgers might return in Week 14. He was seen throwing passes up to 50 yards on the field before Thursday's game, which begs the question:
Can the Packers still make the playoffs?
At 5-6-1, the Packers will probably need to win out and get some help. Considering the erratic nature of the Lions, and the Chicago Bears' crumbling defense, it would not be surprising to see 9-6-1 win the NFC North. Detroit could easily stumble down the stretch, but the Packers have serious issues they need to address.
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