Cory Jennerjohn (@coryjennerjohn)
This is the week that Eddie Lacy formally introduces himself to the Lambeau faithful. Detroit is giving up 111 yards a game on the ground and 5 yards per carry. The return of Morgan Burnett to the Packers’ secondary will pay huge dividends in stopping not only Calvin Johnson but also Reggie Bush. But this game will be won by the Green Bay linebackers which will be up to the challenge, barring another Clay Matthews setback.
Packers 34 Lions 28
Jacob Westendorf (@JacobWestendorf)
The Packers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Bengals. They have had almost two full weeks to think about how they let one get away. Morgan Burnett’s return to the lineup will help shore up a pass defense that has allowed all three quarterbacks they’ve faced to achieve a passer rating over 100. The Packers will be able to run the ball late, to close this one out. Look for Eddie Lacy to have a big day in his first full game since the season opener, including the clinching run as the Packers win a big time divisional matchup to even their record at 2-2.
Packers 33 Lions 27
John Rehor (@jrehor)
I really hate to be “that guy” regarding this game…but I’m going to be that guy. This is the game the Lions break their 22 game losing streak in Wisconsin. Their high powered offense is loaded with weapons that the Packers defense will not be able to stop. Not even the addition of Morgan Burnett will be enough to prevent the Lions from scoring more than enough points. Not having Clay Matthews would make matters even worse for the Packers defense. Cross your fingers regarding his playing today. On offense, the Packers have their hands full stopping Suh and Fairly. They will cause enough disruption to cause the Packers offense from being out of sync, and as a result, falling just short in this game. I really hope I’m wrong with this prediction, but 1-3 is on the horizon for the Packers.
Lions 34 Packers 27
Ross Uglem (@RossUglem)
it’s very strange to say it, especially in week 5, but this is a must win for the Packers. They have built much of their success in recent years on not losing to division opponents and not losing at home. At 1-2 the Packers can afford to do neither. Morgan Burnett returns to the defense and that might spark the back end to be just good enough as Datone Jones, Mike Neal and Nick Perry become more comfortable in the front 7. Aaron Rodgers did not seem particularly thrilled about the loss to the Bengals, and I’m sure he didn’t care for the talk about his lack of 4th quarter comebacks, either. I’m predicting a statement game from the team on Sunday, reminding everybody that this division belongs to the Green Bay Packers.
Packers 38 Lions 24
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