The NFL has another action packed Sunday this week. Fourteen games will be up on the board throughout December 13. The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions will meet in a divisional matchup on Sunday. These two teams are in opposite sides of the division, but will both look to knock off their rival. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time.
Green Bay has put up a record of 9-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the NFC North. The Packers have won back to back games coming into this one and will look to keep up the dominant push. Green Bay is neck and neck with the New Orleans Saints for the top spot in the NFC, which will lead to a good push in this one.
The Lions have earned a record of 5-7 so far this season, which has them in last place of the NFC North. Detroit is still in the race for a wild card spot, but will need to pretty much win out if they want a chance. The Lions were able to win their first game with Darrell Bevell last week and will look to save their season under him as the head coach.
These two teams will meet for the second and final time this season on Sunday afternoon. The Lions still have a chance to make a playoff push, but need to start winning games now. Green Bay is in a fight for the first round bye in the playoffs, which makes this game just as important to them. Detroit will look to come out strong on defense to shut down a dominant offense.
The Packers and the Lions met up in Week 2 in Green Bay. Matthew Stafford had two passing touchdowns and Kerryon Johnson had a rushing touchdown, but Detroit could not hold off the Packers. Aaron Rodgers had two passing touchdowns, while Aaron Jones had two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Green Bay also had an interception returned for a touchdown to earn a dominant 42-21 win at home.
Green Bay faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Jalen Hurts had a passing touchdown and the Eagles returned a punt for a touchdown, but fell short. Aaron Rodgers had three passing touchdowns on the day, two to Davante Adams. Aaron Jones finished off Philadelphia with a long rushing touchdown. The Packers finished with a nice 30-16 win at home.
The Lions met up with the Chicago Bears in Week 13. David Montgomery rushed for two touchdowns, while Cordarrelle Patterson added another. Matthew Stafford tossed three passing touchdowns on the day and Adrian Peterson rushed for two more. The Lions erased a 30-20 lead in the last few minutes to earn a 34-30 win over the Bears.
These two teams are coming off victories over struggling teams last week, which will lead to some momentum in this one. Green Bay dominated the Lions at home in Week 2, but Detroit will look to come out much better in this one. The Packers have not slowed down much since then and the Lions will need to find a way to stop Aaron Rodgers, who is having an MVP caliber season.
Aaron Rodgers is the starting Quarterback for the Packers and is having a great season so far. Rodgers has thrown for 3395 yards, 36 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has also rushed for another touchdown. Last week Rodgers went 25-34 for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Packers were able to dominate the Eagles.
Matthew Stafford is starting under center for Detroit again this season. Stafford has put up a solid season. He has thrown for 3278 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Stafford went 27-42 for 402 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception in last week’s win. The Lions will need Stafford to put up a similar performance if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Packers have a nice edge at the Quarterback position with Rodgers under center. Rodgers has put up dominant numbers throughout this season, which has helped lead Green Bay to their strong record. The Lions offense goes with Stafford so they will need him to step up if they want to pull off the upset. Detroit has to find a way to slow down Rodgers if they want a chance this time around.
The Packers have had one of the best offenses in the NFL throughout this season. Green Bay has been able to score 379 points, which is 1st in the league. The Packers have also gained 4759 yards, which is 2nd in the NFL. Green Bay has held opposing teams to 299 points and 4071 yards, which are 15th and 11th in the league this season.
Detroit’s offense has been solid this season, but their defense has had a lot of struggles. The Lions have been able to score 286 points and gain 4277 yards of offense, which are both 19th in the NFL. Detroit has given up 358 points, which is 31st in the league. The Lions have also allowed their opponents to gain 4747 yards, which is 28th in the NFL.
Green Bay has a big edge in this one with their offense going up against the Lions defense. Detroit has struggled to stop anyone for a full sixty minutes and if they start out slow against the Packers, it might not end well. The Lions offense stepped up big last week with the new head coach and will need to carry momentum over into this one. If Detroit can keep up with Green Bay on offense, it might give them a chance to pull off the upset late.
This divisional game has been a solid rivalry over the last few years, despite the Packers consistently being better than the Lions. Detroit was embarrassed by Green Bay earlier in the season, but I think they will bounce back in this one. The Lions looked solid last week with the new head coach and I believe Detroit will be able to keep this one close.
BetOnline has the Packers listed as a -8 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives Green Bay a big advantage on Sunday afternoon. The Lions are still in the mix for a playoff spot and will not role over in this one. I expect Detroit to bring some intensity early as they try to pull off the upset. With this game in Detroit, I think the Lions will be able to at least cover the spread.