MON NITE FB PREVIEW: LIONS @ PACKERS (10-14)!

LIONS TRAVEL TO LAMBEAU FIELD TO GO FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN OVER THE PACKERS!

LAS VEGAS BETTING ODDS: GREEN BAY (-3 1/2) —- over the DETROIT LIONS   ~  TOTAL: (47)

AGAINST THE SPREAD:   DETROIT (3-1) ATS  ~  GREEN BAY (4-1) ATS

KICKOFF TEMPS:  38 degrees and very much on the cold side!

Well we have a very interesting match up tonight for the weekly Monday Night NFL game of the week. Doubt the average fan would have said the Packers have lost 4 straight to a Lions team that hasn’t been all that good. Last year the Lions traveled to Lambeau Field, and pulled out a can of “whoop ass” on the Packers beating them 31-0. They have actually won 3 of the last 4 at that infamous Stadium, this after losing an almost nearly impossible 24 straight games there.

The Lions clearly have some solid pieces to be a factor in every game they play. They come into this game off their “BYE” week with a (2-1-1) record. They almost beat KC two weeks ago on the Road, allowing a last drive of 76 yards to Pat Mahomes and Company to lose a heart breaker. They also allowed a big lead to be overcome by the Cards earlier to end up in a Tie as the HC Matt Patricia made numerous bad coaching calls to allow the win to become a Tie.

Both QB’s are doing very well as Packers Rodgers (113-180-1307-6 TD passes and 1 Interception) and Lions QB Stafford (88-141-1122- 9 TD’s – 2 Interceptions). Both numbers are good but both are being sacked a ton (Rodgers 10x), Stafford (7x in just 4 games) so Offensive Line play must step up tonight and keep their QB protected. If they can, they should both put up some solid numbers as both are not facing elite Defenses. Heck neither Defense is above top 20 status as both are in bottom 8 of the NFL thus far.

The Packers Defense at times looks unstoppable as the rush has been very good and the secondary has some of the best young cover guys in the NFL. But the numbers rarely lie. They have the #22 Defense and must play better vs. a Lions Offense ranked top 10 (#8) that has a good run/pass mix, although their run numbers per carry average by top rusher (K. Johnson) is just (3.4) ypc!  The Packers won last week and to most that’s all that matters, but they did allow the Cowboys to gain 563 total yards. That’s not a recipe for long term success.

The Lions Defense (#27) is going to have to come up with it’s best game plan of season and best effort as the Packers already come in losing 4 straight with that 31-0 debacle last year too. The Lions are the 3rd worst vs. the Pass in the entire NFL and facing Rodgers (300+ pass yards his last 4 Monday Night games played) will be a gigantic challenge to face. Doing it without one of it’s top 3 cornerbacks would be hard, but they may end up without it’s top 3 as the other 2 are nursing tough injuries. The Lions are also short on the Def Line, with DE Hand Out, DT Daniels Out, and DT Robinson questionable. That’s a ton of key injuries all on one side of the ball. The Packers also will be short handed, as their top Wide Receiver D. Adams will miss tonight’s game too. Good News for the Lions is WR D. Amendola is back in action tonight and he is a very valuable weapon in the middle for QB Stafford to keep chains moving.

The Packers are no longer a pass happy team under it’s new HC LaFluer. The Packers have found a stud who can help carry the load in RB A. Jones (78R-302Y) and (8 TD’S). But you would have to think if Lions have all those secondary guys out and replacements in, they may pass a bit more tonight than they have.

These rivalry games are usually hard fought battles, and so turnovers end up being even more key. The Packers are tied for the league lead with the Patriots for the league lead (+7). So the Lions can not turn the ball over here or the crowd will get even crazier. Your wallet is definitely not fatter if you have bet against Aaron Rodgers on Monday Nights so make that wager as a bit risky bet. It’s hard to gauge this Lions team as they don’t have the best numbers, but they definitely are fine at many of the important skill spots.

Enjoy the game and may your wagers all be WINNING ones!

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