Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: DJC Staff Predictions


The Detroit Lions got their first road win over the Green Bay Packers since 1991 this season, now they look for the sweep, just as they did in ’91.

It’s a rare Thursday back to back for both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. After getting a Thanksgiving Day win over the Philadelphia Eagles in blowout fashion, the Lions host the Packers, who are coming off a Turkey Day loss to the Chicago Bears.

The Packers still have a lead over the Lions in the NFC North standings but the two teams have been heading in opposite directions of late. Will the trend continue to give the Lions their first season-sweep over the Packers since 1991?

Here is what the Detroit Jock City staff sees for the game ahead.

Zac Snyder (7-4) – Longtime Lions fans are used to seeing struggle teams “get right” against their team. We already saw that not happen with the Packers this season when the Lions went to Lambeau and left with a win, but I’m not ready to call the Lions the superior team by predicting a season-sweep. Packers 24, Lions 20

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Aaron Huizenga (7-4) – Something that would have seemed impossible just a few short weeks back, I like the Lions to take two in a row from Green Bay. The Lions offense seems to be getting on track finally and after the explosion they had on Thanksgiving day, I think they can have another strong offensive game. The Packers don’t look quite right at this point in the season and are catching the Lions at a bad time. I like the Lions in a close one this week, 28-21.

Matt Snyder (5-6) – Of the two teams in question it’s certainly the Detroit Lions who have been playing the better football over the last three weeks. That being said, it seems unfathomable for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers not to make an adjustment and come into Detroit ready to play like a potential division winning side. Packers 27, Lions 17

Mike Rizzo (5-6) – The Detroit Lions have won three straight and now they are only two games out of a playoff spot. The Green Bay Packers come in losing four of their last five games. The Packers offense looks out of sorts and I think the Lions for the first time since that famous 1991 season. I feel like the Lions defense is playing so well right now and they contain the Packers. Lions make it four straight wins. Lions 21, Packers 17

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Erik Schlitt (5-6) – The Packers have looked nothing like themselves lately. Even with seven wins on the season they have the look of a desperate team after dropping four of their last five. At first glance, this has the look of a game where the Packers can right the ship and get back to their winning ways. The problem for the Packers will be the fact that the Lions offense has hit its stride and is in full gallop. The defense is improving and Ziggy Ansah will give Packers LT David Bakhtiari nightmares. Keys to the Lions victory will be: continuing to stop the run on defense and Jim Bob Cooter staying aggressive with his offensive play calls. History says this is a game the Packers will win, but it’s tough to bet against the Lions after the show they put on last game. Lions 31, Packers 27.

Braden Shackelford (4-7) – The Lions and Packers are trending in different directions, which means the Lions should win this one. I’m going to go ahead and pick the Lions to win, but this game feels like one of those games where the Packers bounce back. Lions win, 27-24.

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