The Detroit Lions can take a commanding lead in the NFC North if they can snap their 20-year plus losing streak at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers.
Matthew Stafford and Detroit got a leg up on the division with last week’s 40-32 victory over Chicago, tarnishing the Bears unbeaten streak. But the truest test for the Lions comes at Lambeau, where they haven’t been successful since December 1991.
For some perspective, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders was in his third NFL season that year, and didn’t break 100 yards or the endzone in the 21-17 victory. And Green Bay traded for Brett Favre in the subsequent offseason.
Last week’s huge win could be a sign of better things to come since Detroit had lost nine out of 10 times to Chicago in the past five years.
The Packers should come off their bye week with fresh legs and bodies, and bring back stud rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who has been out the last two weeks due to a concussion.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads the third best passing offense in the NFL, averaging over 326 yards a game, with a balanced 128 yards on the ground with James Starks and Jonathan Franklin in the backfield.
With veteran corner Chris Houston and safety Glover Quin’s status for the game still listed as questionable, the Lions may have to rely on second year corners Bill Bentley, Jonte Green, and Tahi Whitehead to shutdown Rodgers and the Packers vaunted pass attack.
Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson have maintained their stellar chemistry on the field, but the addition of running back Reggie Bush,and Joique Bell's emergence has given Detroit a new look offensively.
Bush returned from a sprained knee in Week Four and put up 139 yards, and a touchdown, while Bell provided some depth in the starter's absence in Week Three with 63 yards and a score against Washington.
Coverage of the game starts at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by FOX, or or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Green Bay is favored by 7 points.
Over/Under: 54 points.
Prediction: Detroit 37, Green Bay 30