in

Week 17 Preview: Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers


Green Bay Packers (9-6) @ Detroit Lions (9-6)

WHERE: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan

KICKOFF: 8:30 p.m. EST

WEATHER: Dome

TV/RADIO: NBC/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM

LINE: Packers -3.5, Over/Under 50.5

Injury Report

Green Bay

James Starks HB Concussion Out
Damarious Randall CB Shoulder Questionable
Joe Thomas LB Back Questionable
Randall Cobb WR Ankle Questionable

Detroit 

Theo Riddick HB Wrist IR
Stefan Charles DT Knee IR
Travis Swanson C Concussion Doubtful
Darius Slay CB Hamstring Questionable
DeAndre Levy LB Knee Questionable
Riley Reiff OT Hip Questionable
Andre Roberts WR Shoulder Questionable

Three things to watch for: 

  • Are the Lions ready to unseat the Packers? – It would be just the luck of the Detroit Lions organization that after enduring the long tenure of the legendary Brett Favre in Green Bay, that they would immediately go into another era of an elite Packers quarterback with Aaron Rodgers. A-Rod has shown signs of slowing down this season and although he is on fire of late, this would be a great time for the Lions to make their mark as the new crop of the NFC North.
  • Ford Field will surely be alive – Let’s make one thing clear – the atmosphere in Ford Field tonight will be playoff-like and the crowd could definitely be a weapon for the Lions tonight. Detroit sports fans have the full capability to affect a game with noise and passion, alike. Simply put, Ford Field will be lit tonight.
  • Darius Demetrius Slay – That name could very well be the key to a Lions victory tonight against the hot Packers passing offense. Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson has been on a tear of late and is starting to look like his normal self. If Slay can play – and cover effectively, it could go a long way to helping the Lions pull this one out.

Prediction: 

Lions 23 Packers 20 

 

Written by Julius Porter

Julius was born and raised on the east side of Detroit. He discovered his love for sports writing while attending his alma mater Warren Fitzgerald High School. He served honorably for eight years in the United States Army. Follow Julius on Twitter @TheFifthTop

Dear Detroit Lions: It’s time to prove the doubters wrong, for once and for all

Slay 2

BREAKING: Detroit Lions clinch playoff berth as Redskins fall to Giants