Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions - 12/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (5-10) at Green Bay Packers (6-8-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Lambeau Field)
The Line: Green Bay Packers -7 -- Over/Under: 44
The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers meet Sunday in NFL action at Lambeau Field.
The Detroit Lions look to end the season on a high note after losing seven of their last nine games. The Detroit Lions have lost five of their last seven road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 3,511 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Stafford has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 14 games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,571 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 61 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 102 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 641 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 24 points and 345.7 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with 93 tackles, Romeo Okwara has 7.5 sacks and Darius Slay has three interceptions.
The Green Bay Packers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Green Bay Packers have won four of their last five home games. Aaron Rodgers is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 4,416 yards, 25 touchdowns and two interceptions. Rodgers has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 16 games. Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham have combined for 2,001 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Marquez Valdes-Scantling has 35 receptions. The Green Bay Packers ground game is averaging 108.1 yards per contest, and Aaron Jones leads the way with 728 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing 24.6 points and 351.2 yards per game. Blake Martinez leads the Green Bay Packers with 132 tackles, Kyler Fackrell has 9.5 sacks and Bashaud Breeland has two interceptions.
The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC North. The Packers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC North, 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NFC and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December. The Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Green Bay and the favorite is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 meetings. The over is 26-12 in Packers last 38 games overall. The under is 6-0 in Lions last 6 games overall.
The Detroit Lions have been held to 20 or less points in each of their last six games and have lost their last four games by an average of 10 points. The Green Bay Packers have shown signs of life offensively since firing their head coach, as they're averaging 31.6 points in their last three games, and they topped 30 points just twice in their previous 13 weeks. The Detroit Lions have failed to cover eight of their last 11 games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Green Bay Packers have split their last 10 games ATS when a favorite of at least seven points. This rivalry has been close over the years and the Detroit Lions have actually been on the winning side each of the last three meetings. However, the Packers have found their touch offensively as of late, and the Lions haven't scored more than 20 points since week 10. Assuming the Packers continue to light up the scoreboard offensively, they should be able to cruise to a comfortable home victory to end the season.