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Packers vs. Lions - 12/28/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Lions (11-4) at Green Bay Packers (11-4)
Date & Time Sunday December 28, 2014, 4:25 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Green Bay Packers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
TV Channel
FOX
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NFL | Detroit Lions (11-4) at Green Bay Packers (11-4)
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The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers play Sunday for the NFC North crown at Lambeau Field.

The Detroit Lions have won four straight games and look for their first division title since 1993. Matthew Stafford is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Stafford has four touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Lions have 50 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson have combined for more than 2,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Eric Ebron has four receptions in his last three games. The Lions ground game is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, as Joique Bell leads the way with 800 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Detroit Lions are allowing 16.8 points, 295.9 yards, and they’ve forced 41 sacks and 25 turnovers. DeAndre Levy leads Detroit with 140 tackles and Ndamukong Suh has 8.5 sacks.

The Green Bay Packers have won six of their last seven games and look for their fourth straight division crown. Aaron Rodgers is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 36 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rodgers has four touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Packers have 56 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have combined for more than 2,600 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns while Andrew Quarless has six receptions in his last three games. The Packers ground game is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, as Eddie Lacy leads the way with 1,039 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Green Bay Packers are allowing 21.9 points, 348.6 yards, and they’ve forced 39 sacks and 26 turnovers. Morgan Burnett leads Green Bay with 122 tackles and Clay Matthews has 10 sacks.

The Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC. The Packers are 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 21-8-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Green Bay and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.

The Lions haven't won in Green Bay since 1991. Yikes. However, the Lions have won the last two meetings against the Packers, and Rodgers has just two combined touchdown passes in those contests. The Lions defense is no joke and with this game being for the division, you can expect a tight matchup. I'm taking the points here, especially since we're getting the hook. 

Pick:
Detroit Lions +7.5

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