NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit will matchup on Sunday afternoon in Week 5 of the NFL season. The Lions come in off of a nice win over Chicago, while the Packers had a week off to try to forget the bad taste of losing two of their first three games.
Sat., Oct. 6th, 2013 @ 1:00pm ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
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Packers by 6.5 ~ 47.5 o/u @ BetOnline
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Green Bay is in a similar position as the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams started 1-2 on the season with high expectations. The Falcons had their fourth game at home, and laid an egg to fall to 1-3 and in a deep hole.
There is a big difference between being 2-2 and 1-3, and the pressure is on the Packers to get it done. But this Detroit team is looking very good on the offensive side of the ball. They rank 5th in passing and 21st in rushing, but that rushing rank is a bit underrated because Reggie Bush is back in the lineup.
Bush had a big game against Chicago in the Lions’ 40-32 victory over the undefeated Bears. A win over Green Bay to put the Packers at 1-3 while moving to 4-1 themselves would be huge.
Aside from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, there isn’t much positives to lay on the Packers. In fact one could call them an average team with a great quarterback. The Packers have given up some yards to the quarterbacks this season, ranking 28th in the league. That isn’t a good combination coming in with Matthew Stafford set to take the field against them. Certainly Calvin Johnson is a big concern, but so too is Bush with the running back screen out of the backfield so effective.
This could be a must-win for Green Bay, though the schedule looks much easier following down the stretch where some wins could be strung together.