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Multiple bad calls cost Lions win, Jamaal Williams slide costs Packers bettors

Officiating proved the difference in Week 6 Monday Night Football, while Jamaal Williams cost Packers and over bettors.

A penalty flag sits on the field during the game between the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was certainly quite the finish. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions put on a show to close out Week 6 on Monday Night Football. Unfortunately, several bad calls by the officials swung this game in a bad way. The Packers did big work coming back against the Lions, but their 23-22 victory over Detroit leaves a bad taste in everybody’s mouths.

Somehow Tre Flowers was called twice for illegal use of hands to the face, and twice it was a blown call by the referees. The first gave the Packers new life after a 3rd and 10 saw Aaron Rodgers sacked. The second came on the final drive and set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal as time expired.

The game featured all sorts of other excitement aside from the officiating. Plenty of bettors were keeping a close eye on this game late, and we had plenty happy and plenty pissed off by the end. The Packers were a 3.5-point favorite, and the point total was set at 46. The Packers trailed 22-20 and had a 1st and 10 at the Lions 11. Jamaal Williams took the handoff, and instead of scoring, slid to his butt at the three yard line. The Lions were prepared to let him score, but he wisely made the move to run out the clock. The Packers won 23-22, meaning the Lions covered the spread and the under hit on the point total.

The Packers improve to 5-1 on the season, while the Lions drop to 2-2-1. The Packers host the Oakland Raiders in Week 7, and the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings.