Sunday night’s game is turning into one of the (few) most important games between these teams in the history of the rivalry. Both teams are up for the final seed in the NFC playoffs. Plus, if the Seattle Seahawks lose to the LA Rams, the game becomes a ‘win and in’.
Both teams started incredibly slow and bad. The Packers at 3-6, winning five of their next seven. The Lions at 1-6, winning seven of their next nine. Once pretenders into contenders.
The Packers lost the first matchup in a low-scoring game, due a lot to QB Aaron Rodgers three interceptions. However, they are the betting favorites in game two, but can’t take the Lions lightly this second time around.
Mostly due to the Packers run defense. Going up against a Lions running back duo in Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift that is over 1,500 yards combined on the season.
In their first matchup, the Packers defense allowed 117 yards on the ground, and hasn’t fared much better. Ranking seventh-worst in the league.
The rushing the passer and creating turnovers really well. Being the Green Bay Packers major line of defense.
In the running game, it’s been another story. Giving up 1,015 yards on the ground since these teams last played. Including three games over 150 yards.
Detroit’s combo of Williams and Swift will be key in the Packers pursuits. If they can’t be stopped, Green Bay has shown susceptibility to teams who can run on them.