Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Week 2 Pick – NFL September 20

The NFL is set up with another solid week of action as fourteen games kick off on Sunday. One of these matchups will be between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. These two teams will meet in a great divisional matchup this week. This is a good rivalry matchup, which I think will lead to a good one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.

The Lions finished out the 2019 season with a record of 3-12-1, which had them finish fourth in the NFC North and third worst in the entire NFL. Detroit blew a huge lead in Week 1, which has them sitting at 0-1 to start out this season. The Lions are coming off a devastating loss, but look for them to come out strong as they try and upset the Packers on the road.

Green Bay earned a record of 13-3 a season ago. The Packers finished in the top spot in the NFC North and made a run to the Conference Championship before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay started off this season with a huge win on the road against the Vikings. Now the Packers will look to go 2-0 on both the season and in the division.

These two teams started off the season with a game in the division and now are looking to earn a big win in Week 2. Both teams started off in opposite directions this season, but expect the Lions to come out quickly after a disappointing loss. These two teams have played great games in this rivalry and I expect another good one on Sunday afternoon.

Previous Matchups

These two teams met up twice throughout last season. The first game was in Green Bay in Week 6. Matt Prater had a great day, making all five of his field goals. Kerryon Johnson scored a touchdown, but the Lions came up short. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns for Green Bay. Mason Crosby hit the game winning field goal with two seconds left as the Packers won 23-22.

The second matchup of the season was in Week 17 in Detroit. David Blough threw for a touchdown, while Kerryon Johnson scored another touchdown as the Lions took a 14-0 lead. Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns though as the Packers came storming back in the second half. Mason Crosby kicked another game winning field goal with three seconds left to lift Green Bay too a 23-20 win on the road.

The Lions met up with the Chicago Bears in Week 1 of this season. Detroit took a 23-6 lead into the fourth quarter on a rushing touchdown from D’Andre Swift and a passing touchdown from Matthew Stafford. Mitchell Trubisky came back in the fourth quarter though, throwing for three touchdowns to give the Bears a huge 27-23 win from behind.

Green Bay’s Week 1 matchup was against the Minnesota Vikings on the road. Aaron Rodgers had a huge day throwing for four touchdowns, while Aaron Jones ran for another. Davante Adams caught 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns on the day. The Packers rode a hot start to a dominant 43-34 win on the road to start the season out right.

Quarterback Comparison

The Lions have a top tier Quarterback in Matthew Stafford. Stafford missed half of last season with a back injury, but threw for 2499 yards, 19 touchdowns and 5 interceptions throughout his eight starts under center. Stafford played over half of those games injured as well. To open up this season, Stafford threw for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Green Bay owns one of the NFL’s elite in Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers finished out last season with an elite stat line of 4002 yards, 26 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in all 16 games. Rodgers had a great Week 1 performance, putting up 364 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He will look to keep up this momentum as the Packers come into Week 2.

These two Quarterbacks had great seasons last season, but Stafford’s was cut short by injury. He was on pace for another great season and will look to keep that up this season. Stafford’s interception in Week 1 was a bit of a crazy play and not entirely his fault. He will look to clean up his game though as he tries to upset the Packers on the road.

Injury Report

Detroit is bugged with injuries early in the season. The Lions will be missing key players in Kenny Golladay, Desmond Trufant, Joe Dahl and Justin Coleman. That leaves Detroit without their top Cornerback and their nickel Cornerback. The Lions will see their third overall pick Jeff Okudah start at Corner, which will be exciting. Okudah will need to step up right way if Detroit’s going to beat Green Bay.

The Packers have a shorter list of injuries, but are also missing some key players coming into Week 2. Green Bay will be missing defensive tackle Kenny Clark and offensive guard Lane Taylor are out. Offensive Lineman Billy Turner and Lucas Patrick are both listed as questionable as well.

The Lions are hurting a bit more from injuries coming into this game with Trufant and Coleman out. Detroit could also be without Darryl Roberts, which would hurt their secondary. The Lions will need Okudah to step up and guard Devante Adams after he put up a huge performance in Week 2. If Okudah can step up though, it would give Detroit a much improved chance to win this one.

Pick Overview

The Packers are coming off a Week 1 win, while Detroit blew a huge lead to take a loss in Week 1. The Lions blew a lead to Green Bay in both their matchups last season, but I expect Detroit to get much more disciplined as this season goes along. I believe the Lions will hang around in this one and will have a chance to win on the road.

BetOnline has Green Bay listed as a -6 against the spread in this matchup. This gives a strong edge to the Packers coming into this one. I expect the Lions to keep this game within striking distance late, which I think gives a lot of value to Detroit. This is a big spread for a rivalry game, which makes me want to pick the Lions in Week 2.

Detroit Lions +6
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.