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Packers undefeated run coming to an end

November 21, 2011
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Mining Journal

Well that was fun, wasn't it Green Bay Packers' fans.

10-0 is quite a run and nothing to be ashamed about, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

You didn't really believe in all that undefeated season talk? Did you?

You obviously know it has only happened once in the history of the NFL and if you didn't, I'd like to introduce you to Mercury Morris. He will fill you in again and again and again.

I know the Packers haven't lost yet, but lets be honest. They should have - either in Carolina, Minnesota or San Diego - and will.

This defense is horrendous.

Thankfully, defenses don't appear to be the strength of anyone in the NFL these days to the delight of television producers at Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN.

Dom Capers crew will eventually burn the Packers, though, and I'd rather have it occur sooner rather than later.

The last thing any team wants to be is the 2007 New England Patriots, who failed to gain immortality in the NFL record books by losing to the New York Giants - that team had a great defense - in Super Bowl XLII.

I guess, the Patriots did gain some sort of immortality, but it came in the form of a T-shirt on reading: 18-1.

This same website sells a shirt for Barry Bonds too: 756*.

I don't want the Packers to be the subject of a new gag T-shirt, and after Thursday, the green and gold won't.

Get ready to celebrate on Thanksgiving Detroit Lions fans because you will get to feast early when Green Bay's perfect season comes crashing down at Ford Field.

Long gone are the days of Peyton Manning nearly breaking the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game and your fans booing because Tony Dungy didn't let him break it at Ford Field.

No, Thanksgiving is once again the Lions' day.

It may not start well for Detroit, kind of like Sunday's disaster of a start against Carolina that left me deeply questioning the Packers falling to 10-1 on Thursday.

But Detroit actually has a real defense, unlike the Vikings, Buccaneers and Chargers, who seemed to forget at times about receivers Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, etc.

I know it's a lot to remember, but I think the Lions will have the Packers contained late as Matt Stafford and company put together another game-winning comeback.

The Lions are the reigning champions of the comeback in the NFL right now, proving no deficit is too large to tumble.

A lot of Packers fans blood is probably boiling right now reading this column. You're probably the same people who failed to finish the one I wrote prior to the NFC Championship when I said the Pack didn't deserve to be playing for a spot in the Super Bowl.

I advise you get that anger out now with a nasty, anonymous, cowardly phone call (906-228-2500, ext. 252) or email ( Do it by Tuesday or Wednesday, please.

I'd hate for you to bring any of that pent up rage into the holiday weekend where it could be unleashed on your family after Ndamukong Suh hands Aaron Rodgers a career-ending injury with a shot to the head.

The Packers should probably just admit defeat now, give Rodgers some extra rest on the short week and announce Matt Flynn as the starter.

Lions' fans are probably enjoying this right now with a little smirk on their face - except those who think I just called Suh a dirty player, which I actually just did - but I have a warning for you.

I predicted the Packers would finish 11-5 this season with losses at Chicago, at Atlanta, at San Diego, at Detroit and at the New York Giants.

I'm 0-3 thus far, but remember what I said.

All good things must come to an end.

Either way, I plan on having a great Thanksgiving with turkey, potatoes, cake, pie and a correct prediction or win No. 11 for GB.

I advise you do the same and keep your optimism in check.



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