The Detroit Lions are tied for the lead in the NFC North with the Chicago Bears, but have a tough matchup with one of their nemesis today when they visit the Green Bay Packers.
The Lions might be ahead of the Packers in this year’s current standings, but Green Bay has Detroit’s number and has done well the week following a bye under Mike McCarthy their head coach.
The Packers are 6-0-1 ATS following a bye week and that will factor into today’s matchup.
The game could be decided by the team that has the last possession. Last week Detroit scored 40 points against the Chicago Bears, while all three of Green Bay’s games have finished OVER in points this season.
Both teams have important players with injuries and any bettor should take note of them prior to deciding who to play.
The current line in most books including on Bovada and sportsbook.com has Green Bay favored by 7 points with the point total sitting on 54.
The line has not moved all that much even though early on it was down to 6.5, but has been bet up to its current 7. The total opened as low as 52 put has jumped to 54.
Green Bay has Detroit’s number at home. The Packers have defeated the Lions in 22 consecutive games played in Green Bay. Overall, Green Bay has won 4 consecutive and 9 of the past 10 against the Lions. Oddly, three of the past four head-to-head games between the two teams have finished on the UNDER.
The Lions offense is led by Matthew Stafford their accurate passing quarterback and his favorite target, and the league’s best receiver Calvin Johnson. This season, the Lions have added Reggie Bush to their backfield and his energy, speed and breakaway ability has made them less of a one-dimensional team.
Green Bay has given up huge points in games lost to Cincinnati most recently and San Francisco opening day. Aaron Rodgers the starting quarterback for Green Bay is undefeated against Detroit in games he has finished. His two interceptions against Cincinnati was the first time in 41 games he has thrown more than one in a game.
Injuries key to remember for Detroit include Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Patrick Edwards and Jason Fox all of whom are questionable.
For Green Bay, Clay Matthews and Morgan Burnett two important defenders are questionable. James Starks and Greg Van Roten are doubtful and three others are probable.
This game should be rather high scoring with both offenses marching up and down the field quite easily.
Pick: We like Green Bay home to win their 23rd straight game against Detroit in Wisconsin 35-27.