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One look at Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 should tell you everything you need to know about his ability as a starting QB – no reason to think he won’t get it done and cover this spread at the crowd-free confines of Lambeau Field.
Packers -6.5 (-110)
|Lions vs Packers Information|
|What||Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers|
|Where||Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI|
|When||Sunday, September 20, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
What a painful way to lose an opening game – your rookie running backdrops a winning touchdown pass at the very end of the fourth quarter, which is exactly how the Detroit Lions ended up with a loss to the non-deserving Chicago Bears in Week 1.
Watching Aaron Rodgers light up the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 with four touchdown passes and the ability to march down the field at-will should make every Packers fan hopeful that there will be football in January for Green Bay.
These two NFC North rivals have matched up 181 times (including 2 postseason games), with the Pack winning 102 of those games and the Lions winning 72, as well as 7 ties. NFL is back and WSN is celebrating it with the weekly free-to-play Pick ‘Em Contest where you can win $200
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is healthy and back under center, and that is good news for the team since he is a solid leader who is accurate enough to only average about 12 interceptions per season over his eleven seasons in the NFL.
The problem with Stafford isn’t his play – he consistently ranks in the top ten statistically most seasons, it’s his ability to convert those decent numbers into wins, so far, his lifetime record with Detroit is just 69-80-1.
How long before the football powers that be in Detroit get tired of having a good quarterback who fails to win? Might find out soon since the 5-year contract extension Stafford signed in 2017 will end after the 2021 season.
They’re back – the so-called Smith Brothers who are technically unrelated but who share the same last name – linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith, two quarterback hunters who aren’t afraid to tackle running backs either.
In Week 1, Za’Darius Smith posted two tackles and an all-important sack on quarterback Kirk Cousins, a typical start for him compared with his ‘Brother’ Preston who didn’t appear anywhere on the score sheet, though he will.
Even worse news for Stafford is Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander, who recorded four tackles in Week 1 plus a sack and an interception, all part of a defense that kept the Vikings to 10 points until the fourth quarter when Green Bay was so far ahead that some ‘garbage points’ were kindly allowed.
The Lions desperately need a running game to offset QB Stafford’s passing attack, and the onus falls on the shoulders of running back Adrian Peterson, the veteran Viking turned journeyman rusher who the Detroit front office hopes can do the job.
In Week 1, Peterson seemed to step up by carrying the ball 14 times for 93 yards, averaging an impressive 6.64 yards per carrying, plus he caught three passes for another 21 offensive yards, though his efforts did not result in any endzone time.
The Lions also have Kerryon Johnson out of the backfield and rookie D’Andre Swift (he was the poor new guy who dropped the potential game-winning pass) but the team definitely needs a proven winner like Peterson to help this team turn stats into touchdowns into wins.
Have a quick look at Packers veteran QB (and future Hall of Famer) Aaron Rodgers’ stats line from his Week 1 performance against the divisional rival Vikings – 32-of-44 completions (72.73%) for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns with zero interceptions.
Not to mention Rodgers got the ball to eight separate targets during that game, proving that he isn’t dependent on just star receiver Davante Adams, though in a good way he is, with #17 grabbing 14 receptions in that Week 1 game for 156 yards and 2 of the team’s touchdowns.
Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur have become a dangerous offensive combo, and it’s only Week 2, so expect more of what we just saw and know that it’s probably going to get even better, a sure sign that those two and their Green Bay team are once again postseason bound.
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