Woof- what a start to the season for the Packers. By now I think we’re all ready to “flush” last week’s debacle against the Saints, and there is no better opponent to bounce back against than our old friends the Detroit Lions, who also lost their opener (41-33 at home).
Spread: Packers are 11.5 point favorites
Moneyline: Packers -600
Overall, the Packers are looking at the tail end of their “championship window” with the potential of a Rodgers/Green Bay breakup looming after this year. Green Bay has won four straight matchups against the Lions, following a Detroit four-win streak in the series and Matt Lafluer has a stellar record within the division
The Packers are in a win-now mode while the Lions are looking to do a full restart. Dan Campbell was able to secure the head coaching position with the oft-struggling franchise, and he looks to interject a level of enthusiasm and culture that has been lacking in the past few decades. Jim Caldwell was the most successful coach for the Lions in my lifetime and only has a two playoff appearance to show for it.
Campbell has his work cut out for him, turning around a franchise that has been the proverbial doormat for the NFC North for 30 plus years. While he may be the right man with the right message at the right time, that time is not now. The Packers should be able to wipe away their offensive woes and run the ball heavily against a porous Detriot defense.
Special Stat for the Week: In 22 career games against the Lions, Rodgers is 17-5 with 46 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
Over/Under: 47.5 Total Points Scored
Last week I predicted offensive fireworks and I got half of that right- the Packers were obviously let down by their lack of early-down success and being limited to 12 offensive plays in the first half. They had to play catch-up ball for the rest of the game and got exposed by a superior Saint’s defense that frustrated Rodgers and LaFleur into playing a different type of game than the Packers would have liked.
While I do think there were a lot of lessons learned during last Sunday’s game, I fully expect the Packers to rebound here and the offense to roll. The Packers defense has more questions but I do not have strong confidence that Jared Goff and the Lions will be able to capitalize and play from ahead. That is needed to keep Green Bay on their back foot and the Lions haven’t shown they are capable of this yet.
I expect the Packers to win and cover the spread, but I do not believe that both teams will score enough to hit the over.
I take the Packers against the spread and straight up, but would play the under.
Last Week: 0-3 (0%)
——————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.