Sept. 20, 2021
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Predictions
Score Prediction - Packers 34 Lions 21
The second week of NFL action will officially conclude on Monday night with a primetime NFC North bout between the Lions (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) and Packers (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) – as both squads head into Week 2 still be desperately looking to get over the hump by picking up that highly sought after first victory of the season.
After a long offseason filled with uncertainty for Green Bay, the Packers were rudely awakened by New Orleans in their first event of the season – as quarterback Jameis Winston and the Saints thumped the Pack by 35 points during last week’s ugly opening matchup (38-3).
On the other hand, the Lions also had a rough start to the new season – as Detroit surrendered 31 first- half points first half to the 49ers last week, which never gave QB Jared Goff and company much of a chance to mount a comeback in the second half of their Week 1 loss (41-33). They did save face and earned a back-door cover as San Francisco closed as high as -9.5 at some betting shops.
For this matchup, I’ll take the over. Green Bay’s offense should still have the tools to generate a tremendous bounce-back effort against a Lions’ defense that ranked dead last in scoring last season (32.4 PPG). Plus, Goff showed us against the Niners last week and he’s still very capable of slinging the ball around the yard in garbage time for Detroit.
The Green Bay Packers have gone OVER the point total in four of their last five games. (AP)
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After holding out for nearly the entire offseason, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finally made his grand on-field return for Green Bay against the Saints in Week 1 – and things didn’t go well for him, as the nine-time Pro Bowler threw for just 133 yards on 53.6% completions during the Packers’ ugly 38-3 loss to New Orleans last week (36.8 QBR).
It’s tough to ignore the level of mediocrity Green Bay played with in Week 1 – but personally, I’m not selling all my “Packers Stock” quite yet. Rodgers still stands as an elite NFL quarterback, and the level of scoring Green Bay posted last season appeared relatively sustainable (31.5 PPG) – so, it’s just a matter of time before the Packers’ offense bounces back.
That being said, Green Bay’s defense looked incredibly sloppy against Winston and the Saints last week – which ultimately, is what kept me from laying points with the Packers ahead of Monday night’s event.
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