Following a great Sunday of Week 9 NFL action, a huge rivalry match-up ends the week off as we travel to Green Bay to focus on the Packers/Lions. The NFC North division certainly looks tight and this game will play a huge role in deciding who may be playing in the post-season, and who will be watching from home come January. As a quick aside, yesterday I roared out to a 4-0 start to the NFL week, and am looking forward to the potential of sweeping the week for tonight’s premier match-up!
We will begin with Detroit, as they’ll travel to Lambeau Field knowing they need a big win here. Facing a Packers squad without Aaron Rodgers is a huge opportunity for the Lions to pull even with the 4-3 Packers, but it remains to be seen if they possess the required killer instinct to secure a big road win. For Green Bay, everything looked solid with their campaign until starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down. Now, with Brett Hundley under centre – all of that seems in doubt. He has struggled in his first few looks, but with more time and preparation, perhaps he will fare better on MNF. It promises to be a rivalry match-up filled with intrigue and playoff implications. As always, read on below for game analysis and a betting prediction to end Week 9 off on a high note!
Lions vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions -2 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers +2 (-110)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Lions vs. Packers Pick:
Brett Hundley looked absolutely awful last time out against the Saints. Even with some time to think and prepare, he still looked lost. But coming off of a bye and with some extra rest and preparation under his belt – perhaps he can do a bit more damage against the Lions on Monday night. The Lions aren’t the best defensively and have been prone to a plethora of mental errors and mistakes in coverage – particularly within their secondary. Still though, it’d be a guessing game at this point to predict how Hundley looks. He’s likely nothing better than a backup-quality quarterback, and as a result the Lions should be able to do a better job on Hundley than they have on some more elite QB’s.
Last week on offense, Detroit and Matt Stafford looked unbelievable moving the football – until they reached the red zone. They just couldn’t convert their red zone trips into six points and continually settled for field goals. That could and should change on Monday night as the Packers’ secondary also possesses a fair bit of question marks. The Lions have a bunch of solid pass-catchers, none more prolific than Golden Tate – and look for him to be roaming free with regularity downfield.
This should be a close, back-and-forth affair and it wouldn’t surprise me if both suspect defenses picked it up and outperformed the opposing offense. Ultimately though, I’ll trust Stafford every day of the week over Hundley and even with Morgan Burnett returning for Green Bay – the Lions are still healthier where it matters, and realize this is a huge opportunity to jockey for playoff positioning in early November. As short favourites, look for the Lions to go into Lambeau and get the job done.
PICK = Lions -2 (-110)