We are in the home stretch of the season and the playoffs are nearing. The Packers head to Detroit to take on the Lions, and attempt to win their 10th game of the season and move one step closer to a division title and playoff spot. They are facing former Badger QB Darrell Bevell, who is the Lions interim coach, and won his first game last week after replacing the fired Matt Patricia.
Packers at Lions
- When: Sunday, December 13, 2020
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
- Time: 3:25 pm CT
- TV: Fox
- Commentators: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
- Last meeting: Week 2 at Lambeau Field – Packers 42 – Lions 21
3 Things to Watch
Davante Adams vs the Lions Secondary
Adams is currently on a 7 game touchdown streak and I would bet that he will extend the streak to 8 games. Adams has scored in 4 straight games at Ford Field plus, the Lions two starting cornerbacks will likely be Amani Oruwariye and Darryl Roberts. Either will be fantastic matchups for Adams and entire Packers receiving unit. Rodgers should be able to air it out and matchups that he likes all over the field. Adam should have a huge game Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.
Packers Running Game
In the teams first meeting, Aaron Jones ran the ball 18 times for 168 yards and Jamaal Williams added 63 yards to the Packers running attack. As much of an advantage the Packers are going to have passing the ball, the run game should be just as effective. Plus, the team has activated AJ Dillon from the exempt/COVID-19 list. The Lions defense gave up 173 yards to the Bears running backs last week, so I fully expect Matt Lafleur and Rodgers to involve the running backs both on the ground and through the air in the teams offensive attack.
Packers Secondary vs the Lions Offense
The Packers secondary has taken their play to another level the past couple of weeks. Darnell Savage has played some of his best football since being drafted in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the Packers have listed Savage as questionable for the game against the Lions. This is not good news for a secondary that will already be without Raven Greene. Jaire Alexander is the the teams lock down, number 1 cornerback, and he will square off against Marvin Jones, who is now the Lions top WR. In week 2, Jaire held Jones to 23 yards. In fact, Jaire has been taking away opposing offensives number 1 wide receiver all season long. Jaire and the secondary will have to step up again this week with the safety position being a little thin with Greene and potentially Savage missing the game.
In their last meeting in week 2 at Lambeau Field, the Packers put up 42 points and controlled the game from start to finish. I fully expect the team to have the same type of success this week in Detroit. Adams should extend his touchdown streak and Jones and Williams should a big day combined on the ground. Throughout the years the Packers have started slow at Ford Field, with the mid-season coaching change in Detroit and the way the Packers offense is rolling, I have a feeling the Packers will control this game from start to finish. The team should move one step closer to the division title and securing a playoff spot.
Stay healthy and safe. Go Pack Go!
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