The Detroit Lions are on the road in week three as they travel to Lambeau Field this Sunday, September 25th to battle the Green Bay Packers in a big NFC North showdown. The Lions are coming off of a close 16-15 home loss to the Tennessee Titans last week and are 1-1 on the season while Green Bay dropped a 17-14 decision on the road in Minnesota. Green Bay is also 1-1 on the year.
Here’s a closer look at the odds, betting trends and pre-game summary for the Lions vs Packers week 3 NFL matchup:
Lions vs Packers: Bovada NFL Betting Line:
- Bovada lists Green Bay at -8 points at -105 with Detroit +8 points at -115, the over is 48 points at -105 with the under at -115
Lions vs Packers Betting Trends:
- Season record: 1-1 SU,1-1 ATS
- Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Detroit’s last 19 games on the road
- Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Detroit is 4-17 SU in its last 21 games when playing Green Bay
- Detroit is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Green Bay
- Detroit is 1-24 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Green Bay
- Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Green Bay
Green Bay Packers:
- Season record: 1-1 SU,0-2 ATS
- Green Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Green Bay’s last 17 game
- Green Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- Green Bay is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
- Green Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Green Bay’s last 5 games at home
- Green Bay is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games when playing Detroit
- Green Bay is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Detroit
Detroit Lions – A Closer Look:
Detroit was hoping to get off to a 2-0 start in the 2016 campaign, but Matthew Stafford was picked off late in the contest against Tennessee last Sunday and were edged 16-15. Detroit had a shot at a late field goal, but Stafford decided to pass the ball and paid for it when it was intercepted by Perrish Cox. Detroit took far too many penalties in the game and lost 138 yards because of 17 of them. To make things worse, the Lions saw three touchdowns called back due to penalties.
The Detroit offense should be able to cause Green Bay some trouble on Sunday as the Lions rank sixth in the league in passing at 285 yards per game and their 126.5 rushing yards each outing ranks 10th. Stafford had a rocky outing in the pocket against the Tennessee Titans as he went 20 for 44 in passing for 260 yards with a touchdown to go along with the interception. He was also sacked on three occasions. The Lions’ offensive line will need to be at its best since the Packers’ defense has already registered seven sacks so far in two games.
Green Bay Packers – A Closer Look:
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a good outing against the Lions the last time they met and the Packers have gone 7-3 ATS and 9-1 SU in their past 10 home encounters with Detroit. Rodgers and his tight end teammate Richard Rodgers teamed up for a late-game Hail Mary last December to down the Lions 27-23 in Motown. The Packers will be hoping they don’t have to rely on a late, lucky play this weekend. If they hope to rebound from last week’s loss to the Vikings though, they’ll need to do a better job protecting their QB Rodgers.
There was a lot of pressure on Rodgers in the pocket against Minnesota and lost a total of 33 yards after being sacked five times. Rodgers went 20 for 36 in passing and managed 213 yards in the air. He threw a touchdown pass and was picked off once. Running back Eddie Lacy will need to help Rodgers out when he can. He carried the ball just a dozen times last week for 50 yards against a tough Minnesota defense. He may find things a bit easier on Sunday as Detroit allows 110.5 yards against on the ground per game which ranks 19th in the league. The Packers’ rushing defense ranks the best in the NFL after two weeks as they’ve given up an average of just 39 yards on the ground per contest.
Next up for both teams:
- Detroit is at Chicago Sunday, October 2nd
- Green Bay has a bye in Week 4
By Ian Palmer
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