Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 7, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Lions +1 -- Over/Under: 51.5
The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions will match up in NFC North NFL action from Ford Field on Sunday.
The Packers enter this game with a 2-1-1 record on the young season. Green Bay eked out a win over Chicago 24-23 in the opener and tied the Vikings at 29 in Week 2 before falling to the Redskins 31-17. The Pack beat up on the Bills in Week 4 with a 22-0 shutout.
In the Buffalo game, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers logged 298 yards with one TD and one pick, while Aaron Jones led the rush on 65 yards and a TD. Davante Adams was the lead Packers receiver with 81 yards off eight catches.
Over on the Lions’ side, they’re currently 1-3 on the year. Detroit opened up with losses to the Jets 48-17 and the 49ers 30-27 but somehow beat the Patriots 26-10 in Week 3. The Lions followed that up with a 26-24 loss to the Cowboys.
In the Dallas game, Lions QB Matthew Stafford put up 307 yards with two scores and Kerryon Johnson led the rush on 55 yards for one TD. Golden Tate had a great game for Detroit with 132 yards and two TDs on eight catches.
The Packers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 5 and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Green Bay is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 in October and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the NFC.
Meanwhile, the Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. Detroit is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the NFC North and 1-4 ATS in their last five in Week 5.
Green Bay certainly has some issues to address if they want to get back to the top of the division, but considering what they’re working with it’s fairly impressive they have a winning record. A big part of that is Rodgers, who continues to impress even though he’s banged up and not looking quite himself.
As for Detroit, they looked abysmal in the first game but have steadily gained traction as the year wears on. They’ve got some solid playmakers and an experienced quarterback, which is the first step toward relevance.
I’m not ready to say the Lions can hang around in this one though. I’m going Packers.