Another week in the NFL is upon us, and after the ending we witnessed on Monday night, it can’t come any sooner. That was a painful defeat on the Browns, but with Cleveland you’ve just got to laugh, shrug your shoulders, and move on. That’s a franchise in real turmoil, and really nothing to look forward to for years to come. Yet another rebuild seems to be looming in the football graveyard that is Cleveland, Ohio.
But I digress as we move towards an all-NFC North clash on Thursday evening to kick off Week 13. Green Bay is awful, and Aaron Rodgers is really struggling right now. Something is wrong in Green Bay and these aren’t the Packers we have become accustomed to over the years. They look lost on offense, and with offensive play calls being taken out of Mike McCarthy’s hands this season, it seems like Green Bay can’t cope. They’ll be travelling to the Motor City to take on a Lions team not unlike the Bears team that beat them on Thanksgiving Thursday. Detroit is on a great run – playing their best football of the season, and are fresh off putting up 45 points against the Eagles last week. They’ve won three straight contests, and while the post-season remains a definite long shot, sweeping the Packers is huge motivation for their franchise and their loyal fan base. It’s always intriguing when these teams meet up and Thursday night should be no different. Read on below for a full game breakdown and an official selection to begin your Week 13 on a winning note.
Packers vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers -3 (-115)
@ Detroit Lions +3 (-105)
Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Packers vs. Lions Pick:
The Packers looked back coming off a huge Week 11 victory against the Vikings in Minnesota. But they oddly followed that up with a curious showing at home on Brett Favre night against the rival Chicago Bears. They blew that game, losing to a pretty bad team in the process and now their future success in 2015 looks in doubt. However, you still have to believe in the talent and Aaron Rodgers. Regardless of who is calling the plays, it’s one of the game’s top athletes against a bad Detroit Lions team. Expect Detroit to try to get to Rodgers using their explosive pass rush, but Green Bay can relieve pressure by putting the ball in the hands of a deeply improved Eddie Lacy. Lacy looks healthy once again and is coming off a couple of great performances in a row. If that continues, it’s going to make this Packers offense tough to stop once again.
On the other side of the ball, yes the Lions have improved but the Packers still remain in a tier above them. Detroit’s offense has been better under Jim Bob Cooter (yes, his actual name), but the Packers will do some things that could disrupt that. Green Bay boasts a very strong pass rush as well, and with the 5th-most sacks in the NFL they’ll be able to get to Stafford and disrupt his timing and rhythm. Green Bay smothered Teddy Bridgewater in Week 11, and should find similar success in getting to Stafford on Thursday night. The Packers will also have the luxury of loading up their secondary and zoning in on the passing game. Detroit offers very little on the ground, and they haven’t run the ball well at all this season. If Green Bay can limit Stafford to Johnson or Stafford to Tate, they’re going to win this game.
Detroit has improved but it’s still nowhere near the level of a team that has Aaron Rodgers and the talent of the Packers. Green Bay enters a sirly bunch that are definitely still upset over last week’s performance and the last time they played the Lions. They’re much better than what they’ve shown of late, and you have to factor in Detroit was six-point underdogs a couple of weeks back. Detroit isn’t as good as what they’ve shown of late, and the Packers are nowhere near as bad. I’m expecting a focused and hungry Green Bay team that should be able to cover the modest 3-point spread on Thursday night.
PICK = Packers -3 (-115)