Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers Preview & Prediction
By Scott King
As a lifelong Lions fan, I’ve endured some tough years.
They’ve only had one playoff win in their history and that came my freshman year of high school. (Hint: That was in the millennium). I did have the great pleasure of watching the greatest RB in the history of the NFL don the Honolulu Blue and Silver for the first part of my fandom. The Lions were never great, but they always seems to be exciting and make their way into the playoffs every few years. It was enough to keep me coming back.
So, here we are in 2017 and the Lions have one of the best QBs in the league but no running game and an up and down defense. I’ve become jaded over the years and don’t expect much from them. Going into the season I predicted they would finish around 8 wins and out of the playoffs. They started off a little hotter than I thought this year, but turns out some of their opponents aren’t what we thought. Now they find themselves in a division with the only QB that started week one for their team. Everyone has been hit at the QB position in the North (although I still refer to it as the NFC Central).
Matthew Stafford found success with the long ball pic.twitter.com/PfU0pD1Qnh
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 30, 2017
This week the Lions make the trek over to Wisconsin. Their struggles there are well documented, no wins from 1991 to 2015. There’s that 1991 season again. In their defense the Packers had Favre for most of that time and then Rodgers. The Lions were playing Scott Mitchell and Gus Frerotte. But this year is different, Rodgers won’t be there. If this game was at home, I’d feel better about their chances, but if you throw in Stafford’s 4-12 record in prime time you see why I’m not excited about this one.
In the end, I expect the Lions to play the same old tune they have every week in recent years. They get out to a slow start, not run the ball and then at some point in the second half they’ll start running the hurry up offense and keep the game close. They can’t run the ball and have no plays that work inside of the 10.
As much as it pains me, here’s my call:
Green Bay Packers 31 – Detroit Lions 28