The Lions have done their part to make this a fairly irrelevant game, what with currently sitting at 4-8 and being out of playoff contention. Don’t tell that to Green Bay, though, who is certainly looking to get a division win and hold on to their thin lead over Chicago for the top spot in the NFC North.
One of game’s most important matchups is the Detroit front-four against Green Bay’s offensive line. The Packers’ victory over Minnesota last week certainly didn’t give Green Bay a whole lot of confidence about their ability to protect franchise quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. This is a legit concern for a team that has been unable to protect the ball all year long. It’s hard to imagine the Packers’ offense slicing and dicing defenses with Graham Harrell at the helm.
Assuming that the Lions have access to game tape, they will likely try to get to Rodgers early and often on Sunday night.
It will be interesting to see how Detroit’s aerial attack will fair at Lambeau Field. The Packers have been banged up and have had some trouble on the defensive side of the ball, which Matt Stafford will obviously be looking to exploit.
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Calvin Johnson has been on an absolute tear over his last 5 games; since the game at Jacksonville on November 4th, he hasn’t had less than 129 yards receiving and has scored in the last 4 contests. It’s getting to that time of year where teams know what’s coming but simply don’t have an answer for Megatron.
Prediction: Good teams win important games in December, and my bet is on Green Bay being the good team here. Green Bay 28 Detroit 23