The Green Bay Packers (6-4) head to Michigan to take on the Detroit Lions (2-8) in the Thursday afternoon Thanksgiving day NFL game. Green Bay is in the hunt for the playoffs but will have to survive the rest of the year without two key defensive members. The Packers defense ranks first in the NFL in total defense allowing an average of 295.8 yards a game but will be without cornerback Al Harris and linebacker Aaron Kampman who both suffered season ending injuries last week in the win over San Francisco. Packers have decided that Harris, a standout corner, will be replaced by Tramon Williams, who was third on the depth. The Lions are coming off a thrilling win versus the Cleveland Browns which saw rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford throw for a record five touchdowns and 422 yards. However, the Lions will likely be without Stafford who dislocated his left shoulder during the game. It would be a big blow if Stafford couldn’t play considering the number one pick draft pick is coming off his best game as a pro. Your Packers vs Lions betting lines, trends and predictions are all listed below.
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Packers vs Lions Betting Line and Odds:
Green Bay -11 (-110)
vs. Detroit Lions +11 (-110)
Over 47.5 (-110)
Under 47.5 (-110)
Packers vs Lions Betting Trends:
Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 following a ATS loss
Lions are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
Packers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings
Packers vs Lions Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Packers 30 Lions 14
Spread – Bet GREEN BAY to cover the 11 point spread in this one. All signs are indicating that Daunte Culpepper will be at the helm for the Lions and this is bad news. The 11-year veteran made two starts with Stafford out earlier in the year including a 26-0 loss at Green Bay on October 18. During that game Culpepper went 6 for 14 for 48 yards and one interception, don’t expect any better this time around. Green Bay’s offense is on a roll after racking up a season best 484 yards last Sunday versus San Francisco. The Packers offense currently ranks 4th in the NFL in total offense. Detroit has been outscored by an average of 23.4 points in the last five Thanksgiving Day games, all of which have resulted in a loss. A $100 bet on the Packers to cover would pay out $190 at Sportsbook.com.
Over/Under – Take the UNDER 47.5 total points in this Packers vs Lions match up. The Packers, lead by Aaron Rodgers, will not have a hard time putting up points against Detroit. They are averaging 26.2 points per game this season, and look for them to equal that in this game. The Lions on the other hand will have a hard time putting up points, if any at all, and this is why I say take the under. The under is 4-1 in the Lions last 5 games as a home underdog. A $100 bet on the Under at Sportsbook.com would pay out $190.