The 2016 NFL regular season ends with a NFC North crown deciding tilt when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions. Both are tied atop the NFC North with 9-6 records. The loser will need Washington to lose to the New York Giants earlier in the day to claim a wild-card berth.
Green Bay has all the momentum, carrying a five-game winning streak into the season finale.
The Week 17 Green Bay vs Detroit betting spread favors the Packers by a FG. Kick-off is this Sunday, January 1st at 8:30 PM ET on NBC from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Green Bay Packers Vs Detroit Lions Spread & ATS Pick
What: Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Detroit Lions (9-6)
When: Sunday, January 1, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Detroit, MI
Stadium: Ford Field
Spread: Packers -3
Moneyline: Green Bay -185 vs Detroit +155
Game Total: 49.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Green Bay vs Detroit
Why Bet The Green Bay Packers To Beat The Lions
The Green Bay Packers enter this game on a five game winning streak after beating the Minnesota Vikings 38-25 last week. They are 9-6 SU and 7-7-1 ATS this season. They average 26.7 points per game (6th) and allow 24.3 points per game (22nd).
The Packers average 260.3 passing yards per game (8th). Aaron Rodgers (4128 yards, 36 TDs & 7 INTs) has been flawless over the last six games, throwing 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers’ last throw at Ford Field was one for the ages. His 61-yard, Hail Mary touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers on the final play shocked the Detroit Lions and gave the Green Bay Packers a 27-23 victory last season.
If the Lions can’t stop Rodgers and the Packers from completing a magical late-season run on Sunday night, they might not have a prayer of making the playoffs. By the same token, if Rodgers cools off, Green Bay could see its season come to an abrupt end.
Rodgers asserted the Packers could run the table when they were 4-6 and he’s one big victory from backing up that claim.
"We feel our season is just getting started," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "We understand what we needed to do to get to this point. This is about beating the Lions and beating them in that dome."
WR Jordy Nelson (91 rec, 1191 yards, 14 TDs) leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns this season at 14. WR Davante Adams (69 rec, 966 yards, 10 TDs) has recorded four touchdown receptions in the last five games. Green Bay averages 103.2 rushing yards per game (20th). RB/WR Ty Montgomery (69 car, 413 yards, 3 TDs) has recorded his three touchdowns in the last three games.
Green Bay has the 20th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 265.0 passing yards per game (29th) and 95.9 rushing yards per game (9th). The Packers have recorded 38 sacks this season (5th). S Morgan Burnett has 90 tackles and LB Nick Perry has 10.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Packers
The Detroit Lions are 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS after being dismantled by the Dallas Cowboys 42-21 on Monday Night Football. They average 21.3 points per game (21st) and allow 21.8 points per game (13th).
The Lions average 251.9 passing yards per game (14th). QB Matthew Stafford (3980 yards, 22 TDs & 9 INTs) has thrown for 1,879 passing yards (268.4 per game) with 13 TDs and three interceptions in the past seven divisional games.
"I don’t think so," Stafford said Wednesday when asked whether the finger was a problem. "You know, you look back at [the interceptions] and maybe the one in Chicago was a poor throw, behind him. For the most part, it’s been more [decision-making] or close [plays] here or there.
The Lions, whose last division title came in 1993, have won their last six home games, rallying in the fourth quarter each time. They have an NFL record eight fourth-quarter comeback victories this season.
A win over the team that has dominated the division and his team for many seasons could elevate Stafford to elite status among his peers.
WR Golden Tate (85 rec, 1000 yards, 3 TDs) has two touchdowns in past three home games against Green Bay. Detroit averages 82.3 rushing yards per game (30th). RB Theo Riddick (92 car, 357 yards, 1 TD) didn’t practice this week. RB Zach Zenner (68 car, 265 yards, 3 TDs) had career-high 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.
Detroit has the 15th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 245.0 passing yards per game (16th) and 103.2 rushing yards (17th). The Lions have recorded 25 sacks this season (29th). LB Tahir Whitehead has 125 tackles, and DT Kerry Hyder has 8.0 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Green Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
- Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Packers Vs Lions Expert ATS Pick
QB Aaron Rodgers is 12-3 against the Lions with 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He’s the nightmare the Detroit Lions can’t get out of their heads.
Bet the Packers to win and cover the 3-point NFL spread as favorites.