Lions Vs Packers NFL Week 17 Betting Odds To Decide The NFC NorthNoah Williams
The NFL flexed the NFC North crown’s deciding game in week 17 when Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Megatron and the Detroit Lions visit chilly Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers.
It’s been a long road for the Detroit Lions to become a Super Bowl contender and if the playoffs started tomorrow, they’d hold the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC. Detroit has shown all the characteristics of a team that can make a title run. From the play and Super Bowl experience of newcomer Golden Tate to head-coach Jim Caldwell’s calm demeanor, to their dominating defensive play and finally their perseverance through injury and willing out wins where last year’s Lions would be lamenting losses.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 23, 2014
In Green Bay, it’s been consistently good times for the Packers, who are just four years removed from winning the Super Bowl and are looking to get back once again. They are an almost auto lock to make the playoffs and go deep. Throw in a loss by the Seahawks to the Rams this weekend and the Packers can improve their playoff prospects.
Both teams will collide in their regular season finales on Sunday afternoon and the game will be played as a de facto playoff game to decide who wins the NFC North and a first-round bye and who will head to the Wild Card.
Matchup: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Date: Dec. 28, 2014
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Stadium: Lambeau Field
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Detroit Vs Green Bay
Point Spread: Packers -7
Game Total: 48
A Closer Look At The Detroit Lions Vs Green Bay Packers NFL Week 17 Betting Odds To Decide The NFC North
The Detroit Lions are 11-4 on the season with a four-game winning streak, their last one against the Chicago Bears 20-14 on Sunday, despite QB Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards 0 TDs & 2 horrible INTs.
"This is what we play for," Calvin Johnson said after catching six passes for 103 yards against the Bears. "We’re right there on the door step, we have one more task ahead of us and that’s to go out next week and get another W."
Detroit has the 11th ranked passing offense amd the 27th ranked rushing attack in the league. Stafford has thrown for 4040 yards, 19 TDs & 12 INTs combining for a 85.4 passer rating on the season. WR Golden Tate leads the team with 1286 yards, & 4 TDs, followed by WR Calvin Johnson, who has 1030 yards, & 6 TDs.
The Lions ground game is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, as Joique Bell leap-frogged the oft-injured Reggie Bush for the starting job. Bell has 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.
"Aaron Rodgers will always be aware of Ndamukong Suh is" – @JasonTaylor
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) December 23, 2014
The Green Bay Packers enter to this game after an unexpected loss in Buffalo followed by a 20-3 win against the Tampa Bay Bucs. They have the 7th ranked passing offense in the NFL combined with the 11th ranked rush attack.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) December 23, 2014
"I’ll be OK for next week. I hurt my calf pretty good, but the training staff helped me kind of get through it," QB Aaron Rodgers said, adding he was injured on Green Bay’s second offensive possession. “It got really tight about halftime. Came in and got a little treatment, it loosened up just a tad, but it was still pretty tight. … I was able to move in short segments in the pocket, which was all I needed to do today."
Rodgers is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 4155 yards, 36 TDs & 5 TDs. However he has sturgged over the last two games where he has thrown for one measly TD. The dynamo wideout duo of Jordy Nelson, 1433 yards, 13 TDs, and Randall Cobb follows him closely with 1207 yards, & 10 TDs.
The Packers ground game is averaging 4.4 yards per carry after Eddie Lacy started the season slow, but then got his grove back for 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.
GB has won 22 straight home games against the Lions – the longest streak by one team over another in NFL history! Last DET win = 1991
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 23, 2014
The last time the Lions won in Green Bay was back in the 1991 season. Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Green Bay, 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Green Bay overall, and 3-15 SU in its last 18 games when playing Green Bay on any field.