The Packers travel to Detroit today to hopefully secure better seeding going into the playoffs. With a win, they’ll at least have the #2 seed. With a loss, unless the Saints also lose, they’ll have a #3 seed. With a win, and a 49ers loss, the Packers will miraculously be the #1 seed in the NFC. Superstar RB Marshawn Lynch is making a return for the Seahawks/49ers game so be sure to check it out tonight — it will be an interesting game to watch.
I think we might see some experimentation later in this game as preparation for the playoffs. Mostly likely some more action for our tight ends and some more experimentation with play action(although powerhouse RB2 Jamaal Williams is listed as doubtful). Packers’ tackling game was on point last week, as well as the rest of its defense. Meanwhile, the Lions have one of the weakest defenses in the league. Seems like a great opportunity for game-time experimentation once a comfortable lead is established.
A Few Things You Should Know:
Packers lead the regular-season series against Detroit, 99-72-7 (.576)
With 12 wins, Head Coach Matt LaFleur is tied for the fifth most wins by an NFL head coach in their first season (Jim Caldwell and George Seifert had 14 and Jim Harbaugh and Steve Mariucci had 13)
Green Bay has 12 sacks over the last three games, the most in the league over that span
Packers CB Tony Brown was released yesterday – Brown was a bit of a wild card, but I doubt the move was entirely disciplinary. The more important question is who are they making room for.
Packers G Lucas Patrick had his contract extended yesterday
The Lions will be without their QB1, Matthew Stafford due to a back injury – former Purdue backup QB David Blough will take over his duties
As mentioned above, this is still a game worth winning — despite the fact that the Packers have clinched the NFC North division
Ford Field in Detroit is a domed stadium so weather should not be much of a factor
Statistical Comparison Between Packers and Lions:
Packers Injury Report:
NFL on Fox Broadcast Map:
Here is the current playoff picture:
When: Sunday – December 29th 12:00 PM CT
Where: Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
Television: NFL on FOX (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, and Pam Oliver)
Radio: WTMJ – Stream Live