Facing another NFC North opponent this week, the Packers will face down the Detroit Lions for the 2nd time this season on Sunday in the Motor City. The Packers are again on paper large favorites, given their current string of successes and rating as the top offense in the NFC at this point in time. The Lions have struggled this year having already shed oft-maligned coach Matt Patricia as well as GM Bob Quinn. They have re-surged under interim head coach Darrell Bevell who has spent time in the Packer’s organization as an offensive assistant and getting promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2003.
Spread- Packers Are Favored By 7.5 Points To Win
Moneyline -100 Favoring the Packers
There is no doubt that as of late, this Packers offense has been playing at a top level and the defense has very recently (albeit against a few subpar quarterbacks) turned around what was widely considered a disappointing start to the season. They can look to clinch the NFC North division title in the home of the hapless Lions which almost would feel like just rubbing salt into the wound that has been open for the last 30 years or so.
While this Detroit team has had a very rough run of it the past couple of years, they looked renewed last weekend in their first game without Matt Patricia calling the shots. Darrell Bevell was able to rally the team around him in his debut as they beat up a depleted and also-struggling Bears squad. The Lions have always made Ford Field a really difficult place for the Packers to be successful as Green Bay has often struggled to jump ahead early in the game. After that initial start though, the Packers should be able to pick things up and have daylight in-between them and the Lions by the end of the 3rd quarter.
In summary- Packers are 8-4 against the spread and the Lions are 5-7…take the Packers and lay the points.
Over/Under Total- 55
The Packers offense averages 31.6 points per game and Detroit gives up an average of 29.8 so I think it’s reasonable to expect another 30 point performance from GB. Given that the Lion’s offense averages 23.8 while the Packers defense allows 24.9 and this is a dome game, I would be confident taking the over.
Props- Will Be Added Saturday
Last Week- 3-0 | Season Total- 11-12 (48%)
——————Joe Kelley is a lifelong Packer fan born in Wisconsin and currently living surrounded by Patriots fans in New England- please send messages of support to @Jkelleylol on Twitter or @j.k.lolz on Instagram.