Happy Holidays everyone! I truly want to offer thanks for reading this season. I am grateful for all the responses and constructive criticisms throughout the year and hope to keep bringing you entertaining and insightful previews of our beloved Green Bay Packers.
Now back to football, ya’ll see the Packers pummel Kirk Cousins and the Vikings as they took back the North? Cheeseheads need to show appreciation for the monumental achievement to get 12 possibly 13 wins with a division title in LaFleur’s first year in charge. Credit also is owed to Brian Gutenkunst and the previous talent management in building this team who are on the cusp of obtaining the #1 seed in the NFC.
Green Bay gets a beaten Detroit Lions fresh off a 27-17 loss to Denver and hasn’t had a win since late October and hosts a hungry Packers team. In the earlier meeting, Green Bay questionably escaped with a last second FG giving them a 23-22 win. Whine about the refs all you want, Detroit won one game after that moment and their season was never destined to get off the runway whether that’s because of injuries or bad luck is irrelevant.
Last week was odd, Aaron threw an odd pick but was efficient the rest of the way ending with 216 yards and no touchdowns. His humble leadership is finding ways to keep this offense moving with limited weapons but fortunately for Rodgers, Aaron Jones has sealed drives for Green Bay. Detroit’s pass defense is dead last in passing yards per game allowed. With nothing on the line for the Lions, expect Rodgers to pick dismantle Detroit’s spoiler efforts.
Rodgers: 315 yards and 3 TDs
Bright lights big city, primetime Aaron Jones struck the Vikings back to reality. Jones ran for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries. LaFleur was committed to the running game and with Jamaal Williams nursing a shoulder injury the game script led in Jones’ favor. Jamaal Williams was left with 6 carries and he’s looking doubtful for Sunday. Expect Aaron Jones to get a lion’s share of the workload. Detroit’s pass defense is widely regarded as their weakness although their run defense is 30th in points allowed to RB. Green Bay has a -12.5 point advantage encouraging fans that the game will be in hand; increasing the likelihood of running scenarios. Only risk is Aaron Jones has averaged 33 yards and 0 TDs on 7.7 carries a game. Don’t think he’s limited so therefore I trust he’ll scamper for 90 yards and 2 TDs one on the ground and through the air.
Green Bay’s limited wide receiver options offset the lopsided matchup against Detroit’s pass defense. The Lions have an obvious Achilles’ heel in covering slot receivers. Last week they surrendered 6 catches for 65 yards and a score to relatively unknown Daesean Hamilton. Week before that they gave up 5 catches for 121 yards to Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin. Go back another week and Detroit allowed Anthony Miller to accumulate 9 catches for 140 yards. Geronimo has been the target leader in the slot role for the Packer offense although we know how he has performed as of late. 2nd on the team in the slot is Davante Adams. Odds are Green Bay is able to feed Davante Adams continuously as he cannot stay covered for long. Green Bay’s emerging receiver Allen Lazard is 3rd in slot targets and started his campaign breaking out against the Lions by racking up 65 yards and a touchdown on 4 catches.
Davante Adams: 7 catches 120 yards 1 TD
Allen Lazard: 5 catches for 75 yards 1 TD
Nobody gets low expectations with the dream matchup against a limping Lions team. Green Bay is playing all gas going into Detroit whose motor stopped running before the trade deadline. I find it absolutely necessary to secure home field advantage and Green Bay is relying on Seattle to beat San Francisco in order to secure the #1. Do your job and beat Detroit to guarantee a bye and a home game, the rest will work itself out.
Expect Green Bay to win big
31-13 Green Bay finishes on a high note
Thanks again for reading!