The fact that the Packers have lost two of the three games and the Lions are a divisional opponent certainly makes it a game the team would like to win. Being winless through three contests in a sport that only has 16 games total during the regular season is a tough pill to swallow. However, Green Bay’s two losses came against talented teams that will have a shot to win their respective divisions, or at the very least will clinch a playoff berth. Not to mention, the two defeats were by a combined 10 points.
With that being said, the Packers have to put forth some sort of statement that says they are not a team to be messed with. Winning a game to build confidence is one thing. However, Green Bay needs to prove to themselves that they are capable of hanging with the best of them. Defeating the Lions is certainly one way to do that.
In my opinion, playing Detroit at home with doubts in the minds of many means the contest between the Packers and Lions is absolutely a must-win for Green Bay. It is unfortunate to put that kind of pressure on a football team, but the fact is there is simply no time to wait for a statement game down the road.
The offense has to show they know how to keep control of the ball, move the chains and put up points at will. The defense has to prove they can stop a high-flying offense, develop a consistent pass rush and keep points off the scoreboard. Special teams has to display the ability to hang onto the football. As far as that is concerned, there is nothing worse than having a part of the game the NFL has basically eliminated be something that is slowing the team down.
Some of the players may not buy into the must-win state of mind. I have to imagine the coaches are nowhere close to speaking about that. However, the fans understand what is at stake. It does not a genius to take one look at the schedule and realize there is not much room for error from now until the end of the year.