Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Week 17 Preview

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Week 17 Preview

FUNDAMENTALS: 

Opponent: Green Bay Packers

When: Sunday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Television: NBC

Radio: WJR-AM 760

WHAT’S ON THE LINE: The NFC North. That’s all we need to say for this one. Everyone knows what is on the line at this point. The division, the playoffs, all the marbles are on the line for this game.

WATCH FOR…

  1. Von Lozon: Destiny and some other juju shit. Let me try to write this one up for you real quick. 1) The Lions will take a lead early in the game. 2) Aaron Rodgers will march down the field and come back and tie the game. 3) Rodgers will become “injured” somehow, leaving the game for a little bit. 4) Rodgers comes back, looks completely fine and not injured whatsoever and tries to look like a hero…again. Watch out for a lot of this shit.
  1. Kyle Mallett: Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers. Both teams have numerous injuries on defense, and I believe this game will come down to which quarterback makes enough good plays to put their team in a position to win. Stafford is coming off two tough road games, so he should have an easier time moving around, throwing the ball and making plays. The Lions will need Stafford playing at his very best to give them a chance at victory and the NFC North crown.
  1. Kent Platte: Coaching. Both Teryl Austin and Jim Bob Cooter are considered head coaching candidates, while Jim Caldwell may find himself without a position if he manages to completely blow the two-game lead in the division. I think Cooter is still too raw to warrant any real head coaching consideration, but despite the team’s defensive struggles Austin has managed to hold the team together far better while dealing with injuries. There were simply too many at the worst times for this team to overcome.
  1. Nick Kostora: Pressuring Aaron Rodgers. If Detroit is going to win this division, then Rodgers must be pressured early and often. Green Bay’s passing game is firing on all cylinders right now, and preventing Rodgers from connecting deep with Adams or Nelson is essential. The Lions are currently trotting out guys like Asa Jackson and Johnathan Bademosi each week, which would be devastating against one of the best quarterbacks in football. If Ezekiel Ansah has a great game, then the Lions have a shot.
  1. Kevin Remenap: History. This is a game the Lions have only won once in my lifetime (also against Green Bay at home…the Favre-to-Sharpe playoff loss followed the next week). Can they reverse their downward spiral against a Packers team that is rocketing upwards? History says…no.
  1. Michael Berson: Jim Bob Cooter. Monday night’s game was interesting to say the least. Detroit had three rushing touchdowns, all in the first half, and had a few really good runs in general. Then in the second half, Detroit was shutout and had a weak run attack. Cooter needs to be on his A-game for this one; the season depends on that.

Predictions:

Von Lozon (8-7): This is it, ladies and gentlemen. The Lions are going to finally win the NFC North. Typically, my mind tells me the Lions are going to lose, but not this time. For reasons unknown, I am picking the Lions. Stafford and the boys are going to come into Ford Field on Sunday night and look for revenge on the Packers. Revenge tastes sweet. This will be a close game, but I’m regretfully picking the Lions to win this one. Lions 30, Packers 24

Kyle Mallett (9-6): This is one of the biggest regular season games this team has ever played in its history. The red hot Packers have shown no signs of slowing down over the last five games. This is the type of game where history is not on the Lions’ side. That all changes on New Year’s night. This team, which has not won a big game in over a quarter century, will pull through and win a close, heart-racing game and give their fans a well-deserved New Year’s present — the team’s first ever NFC North championship and the first outright division win since 1993. Lions 24, Packers 20

Kent Platte (7-8): The Lions’ biggest weaknesses come from their secondary and defensive line’s ability to set an edge. The Packers’ biggest strengths are the ability to rush off the edge with Ty Montgomery (6.0 YPC) and to spread out the secondary. This is a horrible matchup for Detroit’s defense, and if that wasn’t bad enough, Cooter has called some pretty poor football over the past couple weeks while dealing with Stafford’s injury. Packers 35, Lions 9

Nick Kostora (7-8): It just doesn’t look good. Detroit’s secondary looked atrocious against the Cowboys, and even the return of Darius Slay can’t mask all the inefficiencies elsewhere. Rodgers has too many weapons and the Lions’ pass rush has not been consistent enough to be trusted. Matthew Stafford has engineered plenty of magic this season, and this is one prediction I hope goes horribly wrong, but the comeback kid will need to cook up something special to take home the NFC North crown. Packers 28, Lions 24

Kevin Remenap (8-7): Ford Field should be the loudest place ever on Sunday, but the fact of the matter is the Packers are just better. And if Darius Slay remains banged up, there are too many holes in the secondary, and Aaron Rodgers will find them all. Here’s hoping for a Washington loss. Packers 27, Lions 20

Michael Berson (8-7): If Slay plays, that means less (maybe no) playing time for Asa Jackson. The Lions also signed Crezdon Butler, who played great in Green Bay last year. With Slay and Lawson paired up with Butler, I like the Lions’ chances if the offense shows up. Lions 20, Packers 17

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