One: the only number that matters to the Packers
John Rehor, Packers contributor
Jermichael Finley, Aaron Rodgers.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Oct. 5, 2013 During the course of the past week, there have been two numbers which have been brought up more than once regarding the game this Sunday between the Packers and Lions. The numbers are 21 and 22.
Twenty-two is the number of consecutive times the Lions have lost to the Packers in Wisconsin. Twenty-one is the number of seasons that streak has been running.
Think back to where you were and what you were doing 21 years ago.
George H.W. Bush was President of the United States. The average price of gas was $1.14 a gallon. One stamp cost a quarter.
It seems crazy to think it has been over two decades since the Lions, a division opponent who plays the Packers at least twice every season, last defeated a Packers team in Wisconsin.
It makes for good conversation leading up to game day, as fans on both sides seek to discuss the streak for different reasons.
Packers fans want to keep the streak alive. It is a badge of pride to completely dominate a rival over two decades the way Green Bay has frustrated Detroit at Lambeau Field and Milwaukee County Stadium.
For the Lions fans, nothing would make them happier than to break the streak in convincing fashion and take a 3 game lead on the Packers in the standings, ending years of misery in the process.
This is all well and good for the fans.
The truth isL it has absolutely nothing to do with Sunday’s game for the players.
Mike McCarthy nailed it when he described the streak when speaking to reporters the other day following practice.
"I don't acknowledge the streak. Really, I understand how long it's been, but it ain't going to help us Sunday," said McCarthy.
This is exactly the attitude the Packers need to carry into Sunday’s game.
It all well and good that for 21 years the Packers have held the upper hand in the state of Wisconsin against their rivals to the East. Unfortunately, that means about as much as walking into a car dealer and trying to buy a new car with Monopoly money.
It is completely worthless.
Right now, the Packers are a 1-2 team. They are going to be facing a division opponent - a good division opponent at that - on their own turf who is ahead of them in the standings.
It is not a must-win game for Green Bay, but it does fall into the category of “would sure be nice if they did win” kind of a game, and not to extend any streak.
It would be nice if they won a game just to put another W in the standings. That is far more important than any streak.
There should be only one number being discussed at 1265 Lombardi Avenue this weekend.
That number is 1.
That would be the number of consecutive wins the Packers would have if they win this Sunday. Hopefully from there, 1 would become 2, then 3, and so on.