The 7-4 Green Bay Packers will travel to Detroit to take on the 4-7 Lions with these teams heading in opposite directions. The Packers lost last week 17-13 to the Chicago Bears and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. Detroit destroyed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thanksgiving to increase their win streak to 3 games. The Lions streak started on November 15th against the Packers at Lambeau where they defeated Green Bay 18-16.
For the Packers, this loss to the Bears was another game where the offense did not play well, as Green Bay failed to score a single point the entire second half. Aaron Rodgers only threw for 202 yards on 22 completions while throwing 1 touchdown and 1 interception as he finished the game with a quarterback rating of 21. His favorite target was Randall Cobb who had 6 receptions for 74 yards. Eddie Lacy had a good game as he scored the only touchdown with a 25 yard reception in the first quarter and rushed the ball 17 times for 105 yards. He did however have a huge fumble in the second quarter deep in Bears territory which led to the Bears first touchdown which tied the game at 7 apiece. Defensively, they played mediocre as they only allowed the Bears to accumulate 301 yards of total offense and allowed only 3 points in the entire second half. However, they weren’t able to force a turnover and were only able to sack Jay Cutler once. The Packers took a step back with this loss as the week prior they ended a 3 game losing streak by beating a very good Minnesota Vikings teams at home by 17 points.
The Lions offense exploded against the Eagles for 45 points as Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson both had huge games. Stafford completed 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson lead an impressive receiving corps as 8 different receivers caught passes that went for at least 12 yards. Johnson led the way as he had 8 receptions for 93 yards and 3 touchdowns. Theo Riddick and Golden Tate also had touchdown catches. Ameer Abdullah led the way for the running backs as he had 16 carries for 63 yards. Their Defense also played well as they were able to sack Mark Sanchez 6 times for a loss of 40 yards and recovered a fumble. They shut the running game down as they limited the Eagles to only 68 yards on 25 carries.
The Packers are 6-5 against the spread this year including 3-2 on the road. The Vikings are 4-7 against the spread this year but only 2-4 at home. This is a repeat of the week 10 matchup where the Lions were able to win at Lambeau Field and haven’t lost since. Even though the game is in Detroit and the Lions beat the Packers a few weeks ago at home, Green Bay is 3 point favorites.
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