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The Lions come into an important week 3 matchup against division rival Green Bay tied with the rest of the division at 1-1. Matthew Stafford has protected the ball fairly well this year so far. He has completed 61.3% of his passes for 637 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception for a 2.5 TID. Stafford is protecting the ball just as it was hoped Caldwell and Lombardi could teach him. The problem is Joique Bell has put the ball on the ground twice and Nate Freese has proved to be a poor replacement for the reliable Jason Hanson. The rookie kicker is 2-5 his two good kicks coming inside of 30 yards his longest for his career a 28 yard field goal. He has 3 tries beyond 40 yards and has missed all three. Now I’m not saying that the Lions would have beat Carolina even if he had hit those two field goals last week, but it definitely would have changed the complexion of the game. With that said the Lions are hosting the Packers at home, the Packers have gotten off to a slow start in both of their games so far. The Packers looked weak against the run versus Seattle and the Jets didn’t have the receiving threats to spread the Packers out, the Lions do. With that said the Lions do rely on the arm of Matthew Stafford to win them games. If the Lions can get the running game going from three receiver sets the Lions should be able to make the Packers defense look the leaky sieve they were against Seattle.
The Green Bay Packers are coming off a big come from behind win at home against the New York Jets. The Packers have not looked sharp in their first two games. Aaron Rodgers has only thrown one more touchdown than Matthew Stafford and equal interceptions. I know Rodgers is a the better more experienced quarterback and I expect him to exploit a very thin Lions secondary, that has lost two nickel corners so far one a week. I expect Rodgers to have bring the Packers back from a deficit at half time. I expect the team to hold the ball last to be the team that wins in this game.
The key to this game is the Lions front four versus the Packers offensive line. With starting right tackle Brian Bulaga listed as questionable with a knee injury and backup Derek Sherrod having a tough time against Seattle and the first half of the Jets game, the Packers have a weakness that can be easily exploited. If the Lions can keep Rodgers under pressure and in the pocket, I think they can get the jump on the Packers.
The Lions head into this game coming off a demoralizing loss to Carolina after an opening week blowout of the New York Giants. If this game was in Green Bay, I wouldn’t give the Lions a snowball’s chance to win this game. Luckily for Lions fans this game is at home and I think the home crowd propels the Lions to victory in a squeaker.
Final Score: Detroit Lions 27 Green Bay Packers 24