Week 2 Game Preview: Packers vs Lions

The Green Bay Packers will host their NFC division foe Detroit Lions for their home opener today. This will be the first time ever that there will be no fans at Lambeau Field today. Football no fans in attendance is strange but here we go, game day at Lambeau Field.

The Packers are coming off an opening week victory over the Minnesota Vikings while the Lions are looking to redeem themselves are blowing a 23-6 lead to the Chicago Bears. Green Bay won both contests last season, which were decided by a combined four points. Since 2000, the Packers are 17-3 against the Lions at Lambeau Field

Packers vs Lions

  • Kick off: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET
  • Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
  • TV: Fox
  • Commentators: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard
  • Spread: Packers -6
  • Current streak: Packers won the last two
  • All-Time Series record: Packers lead 100-72-7

Things to Watch

Fourth Quarter Defense

Last week both teams struggled defensively. The Packers best defense against the Vikings was Aaron Rodgers and its offense. On the flip-side the Lions gave up a 17 point lead and allowed the Bears to score 3 touchdowns in the final quarter of their game. The Lions offense did not help their defense either in that quarter. While the Packers offense put up 14 points in the final quarter but the Vikings outscored them 24-14. The Packers special teams also came through and secured an onside kick. The Packers defense is going to need to come through in the fourth quarter and play a complete game. They will need to do this without Kenny Clark.

Rodgers vs Lions Secondary

Aaron Rodgers was an absolute surgeon in week 1 against the Vikings. He was vintage Rodgers, hitting receivers in stride and lighting up the stat book. He threw for 364 yards, four touchdowns and had a 92.9 passer rating, and did not get sacked. Rodgers should have a similar game this week against the Lions, as he is facing a team whose secondary finished last in the NFL in pass defense last year. I expect the aerial attack to be in full force at Lambeau Field.

Packers Offensive Line

This unit is banged up after week 1 and they will have their hands full protecting the franchise. Lane Taylor has been ruled out of the game, while Billy Turner and Lucas Patrick are both questionable. The unit did a great job keeping Rodgers clean in week 1 as they allowed zero sacks. This is one part of the game that will be watching, is how the offensive line will handle this adversity.

Analysis

There will be plenty of points scored between these two teams at Lambeau Field. The Lions defense is beat up and their secondary is still not very good, as Rodgers is going to have a field day. I think the Packers will come away with another victory.

Reminder:

Even though the Packers are playing a home game today, Lambeau Field is not open to fans. This includes the parking lot, and all Atrium attractions including Packers Pro Shop, Packers Hall of Fame and 1919 Kitchen and Tap.

Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag

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