Know the foe: Packers (Four-Three)

Coach: Mike McCarthy (128-72-1 general, 128-72-1 with Packers).
Key gamers: QB Brett Hundley, RB Aaron Jones, WR Davante Adams, OLB Nick Perry, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Final recreation: Misplaced to the New Orleans Saints, 26-17.
Final assembly: 2016: Packers received, 31-24.
The thrill: The Packers had been the heavy favorites to win their sixth NFC North title in seven years till Aaron Rodgers broke his proper collarbone three weeks in the past in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Brett Hundley is the brand new quarterback, and the Packers have been outscored 49-27 with him on the helm. Inexperienced Bay nonetheless has some harmful offensive weapons with Adams and Jordy Nelson at receiver, and Jones, a rookie, trying like a viable choice working again. A fifth-round pick of UTEP, Jones has video games of 125 and 131 yards dashing within the final 4 weeks and will see a heavy workload Sunday. On protection, the Packers are giving up 23 factors per recreation, however they've a proficient from seven led by defensive sort out Mike Daniels and out of doors linebackers Perry and Clay Matthews. The Packers rank close to the underside of the NFL within the sacks (12; tied-29th) and completion proportion allowed (66.5%; 28th).

 

Lions run offense vs. Packers run protection

Operating the soccer has been a chore this yr for the Lions, who've only one 100-yard dashing recreation as a staff this season and haven’t put a single again over 100 yards since Reggie Bush in 2013. However this week they face one of many worst dashing defenses within the NFL.
The Packers have allowed six straight 100-yard video games, and 7 dashing touchdowns in that span. They’ve confronted some excellent working backs, together with Devonta Freeman, Ezekiel Elliott and Jordan Howard. And whereas the Lions don’t have a rusher of that caliber on their roster, they nonetheless ought to have alternatives Monday.
 
Ameer Abdullah (101 carries, 369 yards) will proceed to get the majority of the work on the bottom, although the Lions use Theo Riddick on third downs and Dwayne Washington in short-yardage conditions. No staff has given up extra 20-plus-yard runs that the Packers this yr, so Abdullah might be in for an enormous recreation.
Edge: Lions

Lions go offense vs. Packers go protection

Matthew Stafford threw for a season-high 423 yards final week because the Lions’ struggling passing recreation lastly confirmed some life transferring the ball down the sector. In fact, they couldn’t get the ball ultimately zone, however with Stafford wholesome, they've an opportunity for his or her offense to discover a rhythm once more.
 
 
Given the way in which the Lions unfold the ball round, there’s no telling if Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, TJ Jones or another person will emerge as Stafford’s go-to-target Monday. Marvin Jones had two good video games in opposition to the Packers final yr, together with a career-high 205 yards at Lambeau Discipline.
The Packers have two good edge rushers in Nick Perry and Clay Matthews and one of many extra underrated inside linemen within the recreation in Mike Daniels, however they don’t get a number of sacks (12). Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a ball-hawking free security who helps restrict huge performs down subject
Edge: Packers

Packers run offense vs. Lions run protection

The Packers spent three draft picks on working backs this yr, they usually may need hit the lottery with fifth-round selection Aaron Jones. The shifty rookie has simply two begins beneath his belt, however he’s rushed for 297 yards the final three weeks and shall be a focus of the offense as we speak with Brett Hundley at quarterback.
 
The Lions have the NFL’s sixth-ranked dashing protection at 91.6 yards per recreation. They miss Haloti Ngata at defensive sort out, however they held Le’Veon Bell in test final week and have allowed simply two groups to interrupt even 90 yards this yr.
Security Tavon Wilson has performed effectively in run help all yr, however the Lions should control the athletic Hundley taking off and working from the pocket.
Edge: Lions

Packers go offense vs. Lions go protection

Hundley is finishing simply 51.7% of his passes since taking on for Aaron Rodgers within the first quarter of the Packers’ Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin praised Hundley as somebody who has “good arm power” and the ability set of an NFL quarterback, however his lack of expertise is a matter.
Search for the Lions to ratchet up the stress on Hundley on Monday in an effort to maintain the Packers off-balance offensively. That would imply bringing totally different blitz packages because the Lions don’t have a sack of their final two video games.
The Packers nonetheless have two harmful receivers in Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, so the Lions secondary must be on high of its recreation. Darius Slay is having a Professional Bowl season at cornerback for the Lions, and Glover Quin is among the finest safeties within the NFL. 
Edge: Lions
 

Particular groups

The Lions acquired punter Sam Martin again on the sector final week, and except for a foul ball early, he seemed like he didn’t miss a beat. In Martin and clutch kicker Matt Prater the Lions have two of one of the best specialists within the league. Throw in electrical return man Jamal Agnew, and there may not be a greater special-teams unit within the recreation.
Packers lengthy snapper Taybor Pepper (Michigan State) landed on injured reserve Friday with a damaged foot. Meaning the Packers will break in a brand new battery this week. Mason Crosby has tried simply eight subject targets this yr, making seven of them, whereas rookie Justin Vogel is netting a formidable 44.5 yards per punt and Trevor Davis handles returns.
Edge: Lions

Total

It’s laborious to name any recreation a must-win within the first week of November, however this recreation virtually feels that necessary for the Lions. They’ve misplaced three straight and 4 of 5, they usually have valuable little room for error in the event that they wish to keep within the NFC North race.
Usually, profitable at Lambeau Discipline can be a close to unimaginable activity, however with Rodgers coping with a damaged collarbone, the Lions are the higher staff. They should transfer the soccer effectively on offense and hold Jones in test on protection, and in the event that they do these two issues they need to even their file on the midpoint of the season.
Decide: Lions 21, Packers 16.