Packers vs Lions matchup preview and current betting lines
It’s not so usual to see the Green Bay Packers sitting two games below .500 at this point in the season. We’ve reached the midway of the campaign, and Matt LaFleur’s team continues to struggle to close out games, even against lesser competition.
The Packers’ unproven receiving corps was expected to be a major issue, but even with that, we may have underestimated how much the Packers would regress this season. Coaching and decision-making have been as bad as execution.
The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, also look much worse than they did last season. They’ve failed to compete, and even though their offense is more explosive, Aidan Hutchinson’s addition didn’t do much to help their defense.
Hutchinson has been quite solid on his own, but the team lacks the discipline, talent, and personnel around him to be slightly threatening on defense. They’re looking at another top-3 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is the only silver lining of the season.
Players to watch:
Aaron Rodgers: Aaron Rodgers has been visually frustrated with his team’s performances, and rightfully so. So, we’re waiting for him to have that MVP-caliber, otherworldly game he’s been due for the first two months of the season.
Amon-Ra St. Brown: While the Detroit Lions are still waiting on first-round pick Jameson Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown has been relatively quiet this season. So, he’s got to prove that he can still be theirWR1 going forward.
Week 9 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Packers vs Lions
The opening Packers vs Lions spread has the Green Bay Packers favored by nearly 4 points. We’re talking about a team that has dropped four straight games, including matchups with the New York Jets and Washington Commanders.
So, as shocking as that may seem, it only speaks volumes as to how poorly the Detroit Lions have fared this season. They just can’t get a stop, so even the Packers’ depleted receiving corps could be in for a field day in Michigan.
Moreover, Aaron Rodgers has historically dominated the Lions with ease, and that includes the Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford eras. Needless to say, Jared Goff has done little to impress, and he should be in for a tough day vs. the Cheeseheads.
The Lions are a trainwreck, and Dan Campbell seems more like a staff member/motivator than an actual head coach. So, we expect the Packers to finally snap out of this embarrassing four-game skid and make a statement vs. a divisional rival.
The opening Packers vs Lions odds have this game total projected at nearly 50 points. Once again, this should be shocking, considering how poorly has the Green Bay Packers offense performed this season. But it’s the Detroit Lions we’re talking about here.
The Lions average the fourth-most yard per game at 409.4. They also averaged the eighth-most passing yards per game (272.9), the tenth-most rushing yards per game (136.6), and are ninth in points scored per game at 24. despite being second-to-last in time of possession.
The Packers average a mediocre 18.1 points per game but will face a defense that has only recorded 2 interceptions and 11 sacks through eight weeks. They can’t get stops, and they can’t force turnovers, but they sure can score.
Green Bay’s offense showed some signs of life vs the Buffalo Bills’ stout defense, scoring 17 points despite going against the biggest powerhouse in the AFC. So, they should have no trouble putting up 28+ against the mediocre Lions.
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