Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Preview
Where: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan
When: Sunday, January 1, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
Writer’s Pick: Green Bay Packers
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Betting on the Green Bay Packers (TBA)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are peaking at exactly the right time. After four-straight losses during the middle of the season, the Packers have roared back to life by going 5-0 in their last five games (4-1 against the spread).
Rodgers has been at the heart of that revival. The two-time NFL MVP has been playing like one throughout their recent hot streak. He’s thrown 11 touchdowns against zero interceptions in his last five games. Rodgers is coming off his best game of the season in a 38-25 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He completed 74 percent of his passes for 347 yards and 4 TDs, and also added a rushing score.
Rodgers should come into this contest full of confidence after seeing the Cowboys carve up the Lions through the air. Of course, Rodgers also has some firsthand experience with that. He lit up the Lions for 205 yards and 4 TDs in their first meeting at Lambeau in Week 3 to lead the Packers to a 34-27 win.
Meanwhile, the Packers defense has also been much improved over the past weeks. They held the Eagles, Texans, and Seahawks to just 33 points combined, while a large chunk of the 52 points they gave up to the Bears and Vikings was during garbage time.
Green Bay has gone 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 visits to Detroit.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (TBA)
For one half at least, the Lions were able to hang with the Cowboys in Dallas. But things quickly got out of hand in the second half, as the Lions defense was unable to corral the rampant Cowboys, who ran out 42-21 winners.
The Lions surprisingly had a lot of success on the ground against a very good Cowboys run defense, as they rushed for 90 yards on 20 carries with 3 TDs. However, Matthew Stafford and the passing game were neutralized once again. Stafford failed to throw a single touchdown pass for the second straight game.
Stafford has already shown the ability to get after the Green Bay defense in their earlier meeting, as he threw for 385 yards and 3 TDs, so look for a bit of improvement from the Lions’ passing attack. Stafford has thrown at least two touchdown passes in five of his last six meetings with the Packers.
Home-field advantage will also play a big factor. The Lions have been one of the best home teams this sesaon. After losing their first game to the Titans, they have gone 6-0 (5-1 ATS) at Ford Field. They have also won two out of the last three games against Green Bay at home, with last year’s loss coming in the form of a fluky Hail Mary at the death.
Rodgers and the Packers have too much, as they take the NFC North title with a 28-21 road win.
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