Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have struggled to find their way in the first stages of the Matt Patricia era. Now, after losing for the third time in four games, Stafford and company will be completely and utterly desperate to take down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers when they meet in their NFL Week 5 NFC North divisional showdown.
With both teams looking to pick up a confidence-boosting win, let’s find out where the value lies in this intriguing pairing.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
🏈: Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 7, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
📺: FOX, DTV: 711
🎰: Green Bay Packers -1 -110 | -120 | O 51 -110
Green Bay Packers (2-1-1)
Green Bay bounced back from its 31-17 road loss at Washington to beat the hell out of overmatched Buffalo 22-0 on Sunday and cash in as an 8.5-point home favorite as Aaron Rodgers passed for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception and Aaron Jones rushed for 65 yards and another score on 11 carries. Green Bay’s defense harassed Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen into two interceptions and forced one fumble.
“I’ll just definitely start off with the defense. I mean, the shutout is huge. It’s what you’re looking for,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Despite getting the win, Rodgers was not pleased with his team’s play on the offensive side of the ball.
“It was as bad as we’ve played on offense with that many yards in a long time,” Rodgers said.
Detroit Lions (1-3)
Detroit looked fantastic in its shocking 26-10 smackdown win over Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 3, but they looked like the same lackluster team that lost to the Jets and Niners in Sunday’s 26-24 road loss against a Dallas Cowboys team with problems.
While Matthew Stafford had a solid game by passing for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, Detroit couldn’t stop Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott when it matters most while giving up 152 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards and one score to the former Ohio State star. Detroit lost when Dallas kicker Brett Maher nailed a game-winner from 38 yards out.
“I would much rather be the guy with the ball last,” said Stafford, who lost a playoff game in his hometown almost four years ago. “But I think all of our players on defense are probably sitting out there going, `I want to be out there to make the stop.’ That’s just what we do.”
Expert Pick and Prediction
While a whopping 70 percent of public bettors like Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to win outright to cover the chalk, I don’t!
Yes, Detroit has underachieved in a big way this season and I still don’t like their hiring of Matt Patricia, but I’m going to back the Lions for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the Packers are clearly a team with their own blemishes. Green Bay struggles to run the ball and that makes them one-dimensional.
Another reasons I like the Lions is that Detroit has more than held their own against Green Bay in recent meetings. The Packers and Lions have split the last four meetings evenly. Combine all of that with the fact that Green Bay is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven games and 1-4 SU in its last five road games and Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last five games and 4-2 ATS in its last six home games and I believe we’re looking at an outright win for Detroit.
Predicted Score: Lions 28 Packers 27
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