Detroit Lions (0-1) vs. Green Bay Packers (0-1)
September 20, 2021 8:15 pm EDT
The Line: Green Bay Packers -10.5 / Detroit Lions +10.5; Over/Under: 48
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The Green Bay Packers meet the Detroit Lions Monday in week 2 NFL Monday Night Football action at Lambeau Field. The Detroit Lions need a win after losing their opener to the 49ers. The Green Bay Packers need a bounce back showing after getting waxed by the Saints in their first game.
The Detroit Lions look to avoid their third 0-2 start in their last four seasons. Jared Goff is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. TJ Hockenson and D’Andre Swift have combined for 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jamaal Williams has eight receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 116 yards per contest, and Williams leads the way with 54 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 41 points and 442 yards per game. Will Harris leads the Detroit Lions with seven tackles, Tracy Walker III has one sack and Jeff Okudah has one interception.
The Green Bay Packers look to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2006 NFL season. Aaron Rodgers is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 133 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb have combined for 88 receiving yards on six catches while Marcedes Lewis has one reception. The Green Bay Packers ground game is averaging 43 yards per contest, and AJ Dillion leads the way with 19 yards on four carries. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing 38 points and 322 yards per game. Adrian Amos leads the Green Bay Packers with nine tackles, Krys Barnes has eight tackles and De’Vondre Campbell has six tackles.
The Lions are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. The Packers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 8-3 in Lions last 11 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Packers last 5 games overall. The Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
You can make a strong argument that the Lions have the worst roster in the NFL, so it takes a lot to back Detroit with confidence. With that said, the Packers did nothing well in their opener against the Bucs and Rodgers looked like he didn’t want to be on the field. The Packers are better than what they showed and they should bounce back. I’m still not laying double-digit chalk with the Packers based on what we saw in the opening game. Also, the Packers are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games as double-digit favorites. It’s Lions and the points for me or pass.