An interesting NFC North battle as the suddenly proud Lions go to Lambeau to play the suddenly exciting Packers. Detroit almost defeated Kansas City before its bye week and Green bay went into Jerry World and throttled the Cowboys. Matt Lafleur's offense is taking shape and Detroit's determination will be tested again.
Even in the midst of a 4-1 start, Green Bay’s offense still has room to improve. The Packers took advantage of three Dak Prescott interceptions in Week 5 as Dallas outgained them by more than 200 yards. The Lions have been impressive against tough competition, beating the Chargers and Eagles and barely losing by four points to the Chiefs. Detroit is 4-1 against the spread and straight up in their last five meetings with Green Bay.
Finally, a quality Monday night tilt. The Packers (4-1) could be the NFC’s best team, even if we’re waiting for Aaron Rodgers to bust out. Meanwhile, the Lions (2-1-1) are frisky coming off the bye. This likely comes down to the fourth quarter.
With or without Davante Adams, the Packers face a stiff test against a solid Detroit secondary, and it’s worth noting the Packers’ defense looked pretty leaky late against Dallas. I think the Lions can do just enough to keep it close and maybe even get in the back door.
Are the Lions legit? I don’t know. But they’re a real pain in the bum. Both teams likely will lean on their rushing attacks in a tightly contested divisional game, in which case Detroit should be able to keep the margin to a field goal or less.
Green Bay’s passing offense without Davante Adams isn’t great. I’ll assume Lions coach Matt Patricia has a better game plan than the Cowboys did against the Adams-less Packers last week. This feels like a close Packers win.
But this pivotal N.F.C. North showdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (4-1) seems to be something beyond Detroit’s depth. Green Bay’s front-seven, egged on by the home crowd at Lambeau Field, will put a ton of pressure on Matthew Stafford while Detroit’s improved defense will struggle to slow down the Aarons (Jones and Rodgers).
This will likely turn into a game of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford trading pass plays all over the field, but the Packers' improved defense is a little better equipped than the Lions' unit to counter.
The Lions are coming off a bye, which means they will be rested. But Green Bay was impressive last week against the Cowboys. They were the more physical team. They will be here as well.
There was value on the Lions when the line opened plus-6 early in the week, but now it’s gone and the opportunity may have shifted to the other side. Now, this might be a discount to back Aaron Rodgers and one of the NFL’s best defenses.
The Packers have lost four consecutive games against the Lions. Proud Aaron Rodgers knows this and will provide an aerial assault on Detroit. The Packers’ biggest weakness is their rush defense, but the Lions ground game doesn’t scare anyone.
The Lions are one of those sneaky good teams who are a last-second drive against the Chiefs from being unbeaten. But Aaron Rodgers has the Packers riding a wave, even if he doesn’t want the fans doing the wave while he’s on the field at Lambeau.
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