NFL Detroit at Green Bay Expert Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 23, 2016 in

The longest continuous running rivalries in the NFL will take the field on Sunday when the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers play at storied Lambeau Field. The first meeting took place in 1930, and the two teams have met at least twice a year as division foes since 1932. Green Bay leads the all time series 98-68-7, and they also won the most recent meeting, dashing the Lions’ hopes with a Hail Mary as time expired on December 3, 2015, to win 27-23. The Lions lost by a point to Tennessee in Week 2, while the Packers ended up on the short end of a 17-14 result against the Vikings. Check out all your NFL lines for Week 3.

In Depth Analysis On The NFL Lions at Packers Expert Predictions

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00pm ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV: FOX
Radio: Detroit Lions Radio Network / Green Bay Packers Radio Network
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NFL Odds: Green Bay (-8.5), O/U 48

 

 

Why should you put your money on the Packers?

One of the surprising developments of Week 2 happened when the Packers could not penetrate the Viking defense enough to take the game. Aaron Rodgers only completed 20 of his 36 attempts, throwing for a touchdown and an interception, and he went down five times for sacks. The Packers only picked up 83 yards on the ground, led by Eddie Lacy’s 50 yards on 12 attempts. The Packer defense was solid, though, sacking Sam Bradford four times and LaDarius Gunter leading the team with six tackles and forcing a fumble. The team limited Adrian Peterson to just 19 yards on 12 attempts before he left the game with a torn meniscus in his knee. Given that the Lions are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games on natural grass and 2-7 ATS in their last nine NFC North matchups, the numbers favor the Pack as well.

Why should you bet on the Lions?

The Detroit Lions would likely have won last week as well, but they had 17 penalties for 138 yards, including a flag for offensive pass interference that wiped a touchdown off the board. Matthew Stafford still threw for 265 yards and a score (and a pick), but a lot of his yards came off the board as a result of the team’s penalties. Marvin Jones is Stafford’s favorite receiver now that Calvin Johnson has left the team, as he caught eight balls for 118 yards in Week 2. Detroit also has a fairly solid defense, although linebacker DeAndre Levy remains questionable to take the field against the Packers. Tailback Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Ziggy Ansah are also questionable.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Detroit picked up a win at Lambeau last week, but they don’t have the same defensive moxie that the Vikings did. I like Rodgers to have a much easier time moving the ball and for the Packer D to harass Stafford all afternoon. I predict a 31-20 Packer win.