The Green Bay Packers (8-4) need to find a solution for the problems they are having on their offensive line.
Struggles last week in a win against the Minnesota Vikings and the week before in a loss to the New York Giants have exposed a distinctly average offensive line that has struggled to protect quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
When the Detroit Lions (4-8) come to town, they will look to exploit this with a defensive line that has amassed 27 sacks thus-far this season. The Lions season is basically over so it only remains to be seen whether the motivations of knocking off a division rival is enough to see them through. If they want to come away with the win, getting after Rodgers is essential.
Three weeks ago, the Lions gave the Packers significant trouble at home but ultimately fell short late in the game. This time, coming into Wisconsin, the Lions will have significantly more trouble. Packers coach, Mike McCarthy will look to keep his quarterback safe by passing quickly and keeping extra blockers in.
Meanwhile on defence, the Packers will have to keep the Lions’ NFL-leading passing attack in check. Wide receiver, Calvin Johnson is having an other-worldly second-half of the season. Seemingly uncoverable, the all-pro is essential to the Lions’ chances of winning. The Packers will put their best cornerback on him and will roll safety coverage to his side. In order to give him a hand, another receiver, probably tight-end Tony Scheffler, will have to prove themselves a second danger that can take some of the coverage off of Johnson.
The Lions have not had a very successful run game. Mikel Leshoure, the best healthy running back option for the Lions, has only been able to average 3.8 yards per attempt. Fellow back, Joique Bell has been a redzone threat but neither have proved to be consistent enough to pose the kind of threat that would force the Packers to move a safety into the box.
The first meeting between the Lions and Packers was a close affair. The second may not be. The Packers are 6.5 to 7 point favourites and look good to see off a sinking Detroit teams.
The game will be shown across the USA on Sunday night at 8:20 PM EST on NBC. For NFL fans elsewhere in the world, the game can be seen on either NFL’s Gamepass or multiple streaming websites.