Thursday NFL Betting: Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions

Posted by Aaron . on December 2, 2015 in

The Green Bay Packers (7-4) head to Ford Field in Detroit this Thursday night to take on the Detroit Lions (4-7) in their second meeting of the season. Three weeks ago, the Lions between Green Bay at Lambeau Field even though they were 10.5-point underdogs and had lost 16 of the last 19 meetings between the teams – and had not won at Lambeau since 1991. This week, the Packers are NFL betting favorites to win by 5.5 points, with an over-under total of 47 points.

Reasons to bet on the Green Bay Packers

Green Bay has only been an underdog in one game this season, and that was in their win in Minnesota, when they rolled the Vikings 30-13. The team’s setback against Detroit was surprising – but the Lions have not swept the Pack since 1991, and Green Bay has not dropped two straight to Detroit since they lost the second matchup in 1999 and the first matchup in 2000. The Packers are 21-9 against the spread in their last 30 NFC North games, winning 23 of them straight up.

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Reasons to bet on the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have won seven of their last 10 NFC North games, with the home team going 5-1 straight up and against the spread in their last six. The defense has been superb during the Lions’ three-game winning streak. They have permitted just over 14 points to the Packers, Raiders and Eagles. The Raiders and Eagles have top-10 offenses in yardage per game, and the Packers are commonly in the top of that statistical category at all.

Green Bay has to win this game, given that they have dropped four out of five. The team needs to remember that its offense is strong, like they did against Minnesota. The Vikings are a lot better than the Lions, and the Pack were able to rout them on the road. In this game, pick Green Bay to win their second road divisional game.

Still in doubt? Remember that the Packers are 16-4 straight up in their last 20 meetings with Detroit.