The NFC North could be decided this weekend as the 9-3 Green Bay Packers travel to take on the 5-7 Detroit Lions. Both teams won last week and the Packers will clinch the division with a win and a Minnesota Vikings loss. The Sunday, December 13 game kicks of at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX (regionally) from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
This rivalry is the longest continuously-running matchup in the NFL with at least two matchups every year since 1932 for 182 total games. The won and covered the spread on September 20 with a 42-21 home win and they lead the series 103-72-7. Last year the Packers won in Detroit but the Lions have won two of the last three at Ford Field in the series.
In betting with us at ____ the Packers are 8-4 ATS and the over is 7-5 in their 12 games. The Green Bay offense leads the NFL in scoring at 31.6 ppg, ranks second in total yards (396.6 ypg), fourth in passing (272.4 ypg) and eight in rushing (124.2 ypg). The defense ranks 11th in total yards (339.3 ypg) and passing yards (224.7 ypg) while ranking 15th in points allowed (24.9 ppg).
On Sunday the Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 30-16 as Aaron Rodgers threw his 400th career touchdown pass. He had 288 passing yards with three touchdowns while Aaron Jones ran for 130 yards and the defense racked up seven sacks.
Rodgers became the first ever NFL quarterback with five seasons of at least 35 touchdowns. On the year he has 3,395 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. Against the Lions in September he threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones has 754 yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the season while Jamal Williams has 435 yards and two scores. Jones had a monster day against the Lions in September with 168 yards rushing, 68 receiving and three total touchdowns.
Wide receiver Davante Adams had 10 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and he’s scored a touchdown in seven straight games. Adams has 84 catches for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdown on the season while tight end Bob Tonyan has eight touchdown catches.
In betting with us at _____ the Lions are 5-7 ATS and the over is 8-4 in their 12 games. The Lions offense ranks 12th in the NFL in passing (262.8 ypg) but 28th in rushing (93.6 ypg) and 19th in scoring (23.8 ppg). The defense ranks 31st in points allowed (29.8 ppg), 28th in rushing (133.9 ypg) and 27th in passing (261.7 ypg).
Quarterback Matt Stafford led the Lions to a comeback win over Chicago on Sunday with 402 passing yards and three touchdowns. Stafford has 3,278 yards on the season with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Against the Packers the first time around he had 244 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
With D’Andre Swift out injured, Adrian Peterson ran for 57 yards and two scores against the Bears. Peterson leads the Lions with 501 yards and six touchdowns while Swift has 331 yards and four scores. The Lions ran for just 89 yards against the Packers in September and Kerryon Johnson scored a touchdown.
With wideout Kenny Golladay missing most of the season Marvin Jones Jr. has stepped up with 51 catches for 619 yards and six touchdowns. Jones had eight catches for 116 yards and a score on Sunday. Tight end T.J. Hockenson had four catches for 62 yards against the Packers while Jones had a touchdown.
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at _____ where the Packers are favored by 7.5 points with a total of 55 points.
The Packers are going to score and their defense has a bad habit of letting teams back in games. The Lions need to score early to keep up with the Packers and not turn the ball over to give Rodgers a short field. The Packers are just 1-6 against the Lions the last four years and the over is 4-1 in the last five at Ford Field.
Free Pick: Over 55 points (-110)