Today’s early NFL Sunday Football games aren’t as interesting as the Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots game later today. One early game that could prove to be a good one features the 6-3 Green Bay Packers visiting the 4-5 Detroit Lions. Green Bay is shooting to win its fifth in a row, while Detroit needs a win to pull to .500 and remain in the playoff hunt.
Last week the Packers enjoyed their bye week and it couldnt not have come at a better time. Entering the week, the Packers injured players list included the likes of Charlies Woodson, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews, Bryan Bulaga and Jordy Nelson. That’s a considerable pool of talent stolen from the Packers squad.
The bad news is most of those players will be out today against the Lions. Only Nelson, who practiced with the team this past week, has a chance to play. His fate is expected to be a game-time decision.
The Packers are only 1 game behind the NFC North leading Chicago Bears after running off 5 straight wins following a poor 2-3 start to the season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has rebounded big after a slow start and now ranks amongst the league best in passer rating and touchdown passes.
Rodgers is going up against a Lions defense that is ranked 10th in the league in giving up just under 330 yards per game. Last week they gave up 34 points to the Vikings in a loss that, for their sake, has not been indicative of their season thus far.
The good news for the Lions is Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are starting to get hot. Johnson caught over 20 yards last week despite the team’s loss, and Stafford has led the Lions offense to 307.3 passing yards per game – a league best.
Today’s early Sunday NFL Football match between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions kicks off at 1pm EST / 10am PST in high definition on Fox via cable/satellite or free over the air. Though not free, you can watch the official online live streaming version via NFL Sunday Ticket here. My prediction is the Packers are on a roll right now and will score in bunches to walk away from Detroit with a 31-20 victory.