The Green Bay Packers are looking to dish out some punishment to an NFC North opponent and unfortunately for the Detroit Lions it could be them October 3rd. The Green Bay Packers will be on a mission in this game at home after handing the Chicago Bears a victory in Soldier Field on Monday night.
Aaron Rodgers was not pleased with his teams performance against their NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears and he will have his team focused for this next NFC North game against the 0-3 Detroit Lions. The Lions defense has improved up front but they are still susceptible to the long ball if the quarterback can buy time.
Passing Attack for Green Bay Packers & Detroit Lions Miles Apart
Matching up the passing attack of the Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions isn’t fair. Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is developing into the best quarterback in the NFL. He has the mobility to escape the pass rush and keep the play alive along with one of the best arms in the NFL.
Rodgers also has one of the best group of receivers in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley is a huge tight end and unmistakable target across the middle to complement the other crossing route receiver, sure handed Donald Driver. The deep threat for Rodgers is Greg Jennings the best receiver on the team and one of the best long ball receivers in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions are a work in progress and their quarterback Matt Stafford is currently out with a separated shoulder. Shawn Hill has taken over the duties and has performed better than expected. Hill also has a couple of the NFL’s most reliable receivers at his disposal. Calvin Johnson is the second best receiver in the league by the name of Johnson but he is on his to becoming a top five NFL receiver for the Detroit Lions. The passing attack edge obviously goes to the Green Bay Packers over the Detroit Lions.
Running Game for Green Bay Packers & Detroit Lions Average at Best
The Green Bay Packers were dealt a huge blow early in the season when their number one back, Ryan Grant was lost for the year. Brandon Jackson has been a decent replacement but he does not freeze the defense on the play action passing situations. Respect will come with time and Jackson will have to earn it.
Jahvid Best, the Detroit Lions running back was considered a gamble when he drafted. Best has shown in his first three weeks he is a force to be dealt with even though he is a rookie. Kevin Smith is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last December and his slow road back has been questioned. Running game edge does not exist between these two teams. Neither the Green Bay Packers nor the Detroit Lions have a solid running game.
Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers -13: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook posted the line on the Green Bay Packers originally as an 11 point favorite. The line has since moved to 13 points. The Green Bay Packers have played well on Lambeau Field this season but 13 points over an NFC North rival is a lot of points to put up.
The key factor in this game will be Rodgers ability to avoid the Detroit Lions front line pressure and the Packers discipline. 17 penalties against the Chicago Bears was an embarrassment and the Green Bay Packers should be in line this weekend. Take the Green Bay Packers -13 over the Detroit Lions. The first half will be close but the Green Bay Packers will pull away in the second half.
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