Preview: Green Bay at Detroit

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan


The Detroit Lions know they have to narrow the gap on Green Bay if they ever want to supplant the Packers as the kings of the NFC Central. Detroit hosts Green Bay on Sunday and it will be looking to end the dominance in which the Packers have won 15 of the past 17 meetings. The Lions did rout the Packers 40-10 last November when Green Bay was without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers but beating them again with Rodgers would carry more weight.

The expectation of a high-scoring game looms with Rodgers teaming up regularly with Jordy Nelson and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford having the NFL’s top target in Calvin Johnson at his disposal. “Any time you go up against a great offense you know you’re going to be having to score points to win the game,” Stafford told reporters. “Seven (points) isn’t going to get it done. We know that.” Nelson leads the NFL in receptions (18) and receiving yardage (292) after racking up a career-best 209 yards in a win over the New York Jets last Sunday.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Lions –2.5. O/U: 53.
   
ABOUT THE PACKERS (1-1): Rodgers has thrown for 535 yards and four touchdowns and is connecting well with Nelson, whose yardage against the Jets was the most by a Green Bay player since Don Beebe had 220 in 1996. Green Bay is struggling to run the ball as Eddie Lacy (25 carries, 77 yards) is barely averaging three yards per carry and the Packers’ average of 80 yards ranks 26th in the NFL. Outside linebacker Clay Matthews has six sacks in his last seven games against the Lions but the rushing defense (176.5) has been leaky as Green Bay is next-to-last in stopping the run.

ABOUT THE LIONS (1-1): Getting running back Reggie Bush (15 carries, 41 yards) going is the big goal - Bush had 182 yards (117 rushing, 65 receiving) when Detroit thumped Green Bay last November. Stafford has thrown for 637 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson has 247 yards (second in the NFL) on 13 receptions. Veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (two sacks), outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (four tackles for losses, one interception) and middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (18 tackles) are performing well for a unit that ranks second in total defense at 255 yards per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Lions leading rusher Joique Bell (87 yards) is dealing with knee soreness.

2. Packers starting S Micah Hyde (knee) is expected to be a full-go after being hurt against the Jets.

3. Detroit offseason acquisition Golden Tate has 11 receptions for 150 yards.

PREDICTION: Packers 38, Lions 34

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Green Bay 1-1 W1 23.5 30.0 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1
Detroit 1-1 L1 21.0 19.0 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-1

Last Meeting

Green Bay Detroit
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/28/13 GB 10 DET 40 126 24 102 561 241 320

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB M. Flynn 50.0 139 0 1
DET M. Stafford 62.9 330 3 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 10 16 1.6 0
DET R. Bush 20 117 5.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Jones 3 79 26.3 0
DET C. Johnson 6 101 16.8 1
TDs Player TD
GB M. Burnett 1
DET J. Bell 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 64.0 535 4 1
DET M. Stafford 61.3 637 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 25 77 3.1 0
DET J. Bell 25 87 3.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 18 292 16.2 1
DET C. Johnson 13 247 19.0 2
TDs Player TD
GB R. Cobb 3
DET C. Johnson 2

Quickchart Matchup

Green Bay Off vs  Detroit Def
322.5 yards
255 yards
3.7 yards/rush
2.5 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt
Detroit Off vs  Green Bay Def
370 yards
355 yards
3 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
1
-110
52
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-1
-110
52.5
Sportsbook
-110
-1
-110
52.5
5Dimes.eu
-107
-1
-105
51.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-1
-110
51
Top Bet
-110
-1
-110
52
BetOnline.ag
-110
-1
-110
51
BetDSI
-121
-1
-110
51.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
1
OFF
BookMaker.eu
-121
-1
-110
51.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-1
-110
52
Mirage
-110
-1.5
-110
52
Station
-110
-1.5
-110
53
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Green Bay Overall Detroit
1-1 W/L 1-1
0-1-1 ATS 1-1-0
2-0-0 O/U 1-1-0
23.5 Pts For 21.0
30.0 Pts Against 19.0
Green Bay A/H Detroit
0-1 W/L 1-0
0-1-0 ATS 1-0-0
1-0-0 O/U 1-0-0
16.0 Pts For 35.0
36.0 Pts Against 14.0