The Green Bay Packers (6-2) find themselves in the midst of a rare two-game losing streak as they welcome the struggling Detroit Lions (1-7) to Lambeau Field for an NFC North showdown on Sunday afternoon. The Packers are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak with Aaron Rodgers since 2008 while the Lions attempt to win their first game at Green Bay since 1991.
After totaling a season-low 140 yards in a 29-10 loss to Denver, Rodgers was unable to climb the Packers out of a 20-point hole in a 37-29 loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Green Bay has failed to get off to good starts in recent games, being outscored 44-14 in the first half against the Denver Broncos and Panthers. The Packers have averaged 21.4 points per game over the last five games after averaging 32.0 points through the first three games.
Rodgers has still thrown for 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions with James Jones (483 yards) and Randall Cobb (476 yards) as the top two receivers.
The Packer offense could get a much-needed boost in momentum against the Lions, who allow the third-most rush yards per game (133.8) and the most points in the league (30.6). Green Bay ranks No. 14 in rushing yards per game (115.6). James Starks is expected to get a bulk of the carries this weekend. He had just 39 yards on the ground against Carolina but was a factor in the passing game, catching six balls for 83 yards and a score.
The Lions have struggled in every facet of the game this season. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has stressed that the Lions need to improve their protection of Matthew Stafford and to stick with the run. Detroit has the league's worst rushing attack and Stafford has been sacked more than any other quarterback.
Stafford is having one of his worst seasons, throwing 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while Calvin Johnson is on pace for his lowest touchdown total in three seasons. Detroit ranks No. 26 in total yards (337.8) and No. 31 in points per game (18.6).
The Lions offense will face a Green Bay defense that ranks No. 12 in scoring (20.9 points per game) and No. 10 in yards allowed (382.1). The Packers are also tied for fifth in interceptions (10).
A convincing victory is considered crucial for Mike McCarthy's squad. The Packers are currently tied with the Minnesota Vikings (6-2) for the lead in the NFC North with Green Bay visiting Minnesota next week.
Betting Line: Green Bay by 10.5 points
Over/Under: 49 points
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Prediction: The Packers should be aggressive in the first quarter with Rodgers airing it out to his reliable wide receivers. Detroit's offensive line has been suspect this season, and will need a more effective game to keep this game competitive. Expect Green Bay to come out with a win, but for the Lions to show some flashes of their past form.
Predicted Score: Green Bay over Detroit, 31-17