Green Bay Packers Vs Detroit Lions: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, October 7th, 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Lincoln Financial Field
Aaron Rodgers tries to get his Packers firing on all cylinders, while the Lions will be vying for a victory to keep pace in a crowded NFC North.
The Packers handled business last Sunday against what seems to be a putrid Bills team. Still, Green Bay hasn’t seemed the same since Aaron Rodgers injured his knee in the Sunday night opener. Though Rodgers is making his usual carousel of otherworldly throws, the Packers offense as a whole has been off. The run game has struggled all season long, as no runner has gone over 100 yards rushing. However, the return of Aaron Jones to the line-up has added some pop to the backfield, most recently averaging 5.9 ypc vs. Buffalo. The passing game hasn’t been much better. Besides Randall Cobb’s week 1, 142 yard receiving outing, 75 of which came on one play, no Packers wide receiver has cracked the 100-yard receiving mark this season. We could expect to see a lot of the same in the passing game come Sunday, as all three of their top receivers (Davante Adams, Randall Cobb & Geronimo Allison) are dealing with injury concerns and currently listed as questionable. It’s anyone’s guess who will be lining up out-wide for the Rodgers-led offense this Sunday.
The Lions are coming off a heart wrenching loss last week at the hands of the Cowboys, dropping to a disappointing 1-4 on the season. Still, since week 1’s thrashing against the Jets, the Lions have looked like a solid team. Despite being 1-2 over the last 3 games, they have actually outscored opposing teams with a combined score of 79-64. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson has added a jolt of energy and talent that has been lacking in the Detroit backfield for years. Johnson should find holes against a defensive unit that has had their lapses throughout the season.
An upset is not out of the question. The Lions have been extremely competitive of late, and Detroit’s talented secondary, led by all-pro Darius Slay, could cause problems for a injury plagued Packer’s receiving core.
Score prediction: Lions win 31-30
The Lions have been on an uptick since finding a run game. The Packers have injury and roster concerns keeping them from taking the leap to NFC North supremacy. With all signs pointing to pass rusher Ziggy Ansah returning to the lineup, Detriot should be able to get pressure on Rodgers, who will be relying on unproven talent to get separation out wide.
Give me the 3 points and home field advantage.
Two of the biggest playmakers at the quarterback position will faceoff in this matchup. No matter who is playing receiver for Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers will find a way to put points on the board. The three-headed receiver unit of Detroit is a lot for any defensive unit to handle. No need to worry about being at a loss for points come Sunday.
Head to Head
The division rivalry between these two has been exactly what you would expect over the last few years, a hard-nosed closely contested matchup every time they faceoff. The two teams have split their last 10 meetings down the middle. Detroit has, however, won the prior 2 meetings at a combined score of 65 to 28.
Green Bay is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Green Bay’s last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in all of Green Bay’s past 5 road games.
The total has gone OVER in the past 5 meetings between Green Bay and Detroit.
Detroit is 4-2 SU in their last 6 home games.
Detroit RB Kerryon Johnson ranks in the top 5 for rookie rushing yards, despite only having 1 game with double-digit rushing attempts.
Green Bay WR Davante Adams ranks 4th in the NFL with 3 receiving TDs, after leading the league in receiving TDs a year ago.