The Lions and Packers always seem to play important contests, but Week 17’s edition will not be one. Both teams in the NFC North have been eliminated from playoff contention and all there is on Sunday is pride on the line in this contest. Green Bay looked poor offensively last week against the Vikings, but their defense held Minnesota in check. Meanwhile, for the Lions they have to be crushed after a season in which slipped away from them. This team clearly had playoffs on their mind, and spoiled an otherwise solid season from a banged up Matthew Stafford. They’ve really wasted away some of the prime years of their franchise QB, and they truly are a franchise in flux as we prepare for the off-season. Nonetheless, there is money to be made right here – so read on below for a breakdown of this Week 17 encounter as well as a betting prediction. Edges can still be found in Week 17, so enjoy this write-up!
Packers vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers +7 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions -7 (-110)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Packers vs. Lions Pick:
Right off the hop it’s apparent that this line seems off. The Packers haven’t quite – they just aren’t that talented on offense without Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. Their defense is still battling though, as shown last week.
Detroit meanwhile has to be deflated. After another season just missing out on the playoffs and wasting Matthew Stafford, the Lions really need to evaluate the options of shifting the direction of the franchise. They’re good but not great, and simply not bad enough to secure an elite prospect near the top of the draft. It’s been that story for a while now, and as a result – I can’t see a very inspired outing from the Lions on Sunday.
Brett Hundley will (hopefully) make his final start ever in the NFL, and though I’ve been unfair to him in these articles – his teammates haven’t given him much help. This week he will likely be without two key wideouts in Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, and Hundley will really need to rely on using his legs and the run game to move the chains.
Detroit’s defense is deflated – like the rest of their squad, and I can’t really see them going all out to stuff Hundley. Meanwhile, Hundley knows he’s playing for his future in the NFL here. He’ll be doing everything he can to prolong his contract status, and should be able to take advantage. The Lions are decent on defense, but not elite enough to see them providing extreme resistance. Hundley has looked good at times, and I think Sunday will bring out his best.
Last week has to still be on the minds of the Lions. They lost a brutal game to Cincinnati and couldn’t move the chains at well. Their offensive line remains badly depleted, and even with some of the Packers’ injuries I still foresee Green Bay being able to generate a bunch of pressure and disrupt Stafford in the backfield. This is crucial as the Packers’ secondary remains pretty porous. Look for Green Bay to throw a lot in terms of its pass rush and keep Stafford off balance for much of the match. It’s a meaningless clash and I can’t see a battered and bruised Stafford fighting super hard to prolong plays.
Jim Caldwell, the Lions coach – is reportedly going to get fired right after this game, so I can’t see his players going above and beyond for a guy who is about to get shown the door. This is an unnecessary distraction with a new regime incoming, and I like Hundley to do just enough to make it seem like he still could be a decent NFL backup somewhere next season. I think the Packers keep things tight in an otherwise meaningless contest on Sunday.
PICK = Packers +7 (-110)