The bad news is I’m still under the weather, but the good news is I have enough soup to last me throughout however long this cold lasts.
- The only good things to come out from the Packers-Lions game on MNF were the tweets and memes:
Final: Packers 23, Lions 22.
Lions blow a 13-point lead, settle for 5 field goals and have multiple blown calls go against them but, on the bright side, in 5 billion years the sun will swell into a red giant, vaporize the Earth and obliterate all evidence of this game happening
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) October 15, 2019
Packers coach Matt LaFleur, postgame locker room: "I don't know how the hell we pulled that off."
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) October 15, 2019
SVP: Roasting the refs on SportsCenter.
1 — 'Where's the hands to the face? Where's the hands to the face?'
2 — 'That's pass interference, isn't it? I have eyes, and that looks like that's gotta be a flag.'
3 — 'What are you seeing? What. What are you seeing?'
— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) October 15, 2019
Don’t blame us Detroit. We're not the ones who pushed the “refs are trash” button.
— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) October 15, 2019
Ridiculous: Ref spotted doing the Lambeau Leap after helping lead the Packers to victory pic.twitter.com/Mc62ZdBYNL
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) October 15, 2019
Here's what incompetence in officiating does: It gets people thinking that the league may be getting back at Lions coach Matt Patricia for wearing the Goodell clown nose T-shirt after Super Bowl LI. While extremely unlikely, horrible calls open the door to conspiracy theories.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 15, 2019
- Poor officiating leading into hilarious memes and questionable conspiracy theories probably isn’t what the league office was hoping for when it woke up on Tuesday morning. But that is where we’re at after Week 6 concluded with Monday night’s Packers win against the Lions.
- All things considered, at least the Bears aren’t in last place in the division:
NFC North (if Lions win)
The NFL refs inability to get basic calls correct are literally the difference between first place and last place for the Lions.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 15, 2019
- That’s wild:
It’s a multi billion dollar busy & u get this kind of nickel & dime type of officiating. Almost as bad as the Saints/ Rams game. Could determine a playoff spot.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) October 15, 2019
- But seriously, this isn’t odd at all:
This one hasn't received enough attention. When the Lions had 12 on the field before a Packers field goal, they were immediately flagged, giving the Packers a first down and then a TD. When the Packers had 13 on the field they were allowed to call timeout. https://t.co/qCEOlQWydI
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 15, 2019
Per https://t.co/lDZ8rWblZM, Green Bay leads the NFL in “beneficiary yards” this season, which is when a team’s opponent is called for a penalty.
The Packers have accrued 501 yards through penalties.
Detroit, on the other hand, is dead last with 234 yards.
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) October 15, 2019
- This one made me laugh out loud:
This new Packers 3-4-6 defense is legit pic.twitter.com/XfY2vPHgvU
— Stuckey (@Stuckey2) October 15, 2019
- Oh, those Packers … always finding a schematic edge that no one else has dared to try. Cutting edge stuff.
- It’s a shame that game ended the way it did because we probably should be talking about how good the NFC North is right now. In fact, that should be the topic of conversation today. The Packers are 5-1 atop the division and are 3-0 against their rivals so far this season. But despite Green Bay’s hot start, no team in the division is below .500 after six weeks of football. Each of the Packers’ wins against NFC North foes have been by one score and all three games have come down the final possession. I suppose we could tip our cap to the Packers for pulling these games out. But by no means, do you have to just “hand it to ’em.” Their division rivals sure haven’t just handed them wins. If that isn’t a sign of the NFC North being the best division in football, I don’t know what is.
- As for the Bears, they were busy making their way back into playing shape on the first Monday after the bye. Mitch Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel, Bilal Nichols, and Ted Larsen returned to practice, in a wave of good news from the injury front. In somewhat of a surprise move (at least to some), nose tackle-turned-offensive tackle-turned-right guard Rashaad Coward was given the first crack at replacing Kyle Long at right guard.
- Meanwhile Abdullah Anderson was called up from the practice squad to take Long’s place on the 53-man roster and help bulk up a defensive line that was gashed by Josh Jacobs last time we saw them on the field. The Bears will take as much help as they can get on the line, especially since it sounds like Akiem Hicks will be out for a while.
- These Charles Leno Jr. quotes in the wake of Kyle Long being placed on IR are painful for those of us who remember how awesome a healthy Long was when his career started:
Charles Leno Jr. on Kyle Long: "When he was healthy and he was on, he was a dominant football player. I told him plenty of times, 'Get back to that '13, '14, '15 self.' So many times he'd try to get back to it & had to take a step back. When injuries compile, it’s really s*****."
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 14, 2019
#Bears LT Charles Leno: Kyle Long's "emotions are couldn’t tell you, probably all over the place right now. Spoke to him, though. He said, this is his words, he said he’s a Bear for life, though. So … that’s the words I remember him saying. That’s how he wanted to end things."
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 14, 2019
- After missing the last two games, it sounds like Taylor Gabriel wants to find pay dirt again with another multi-touchdown performance (so he can truly appreciate it this time around):
Taylor Gabriel on his wild last game (3 TDs in a row, then a concussion):
"They tell you to stay away from your phone. But I mean, after three touchdowns, like I want to be on my phone. I want all the love. I just want it. You know what I mean?"
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) October 14, 2019
- Even when the Bears get healthy, they sure do have a lot of work to do:
Bottom scoring output relative to schedule
1. Dolphins -61.4%
2. Jets -35.9%
3. Redskins -33.3%
4. Titans -31.1%
5. Bengals -27.6%
6. Bears -19.2%
7. Chargers -18.7%
8. Cardinals -13.4%
9. Saints -13.0%
10. Bills -12.2%
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) October 15, 2019