Week 11 Preview: Packers at Lions

The surging Packers (6-3), who are coming off of their bye, face the surprisingly inconsistent Lions (4-5) on Sunday at Ford Field. We have the early primer for this key NFC North game.

Green Bay Packers (6-3) vs. Detroit Lions (4-5)


Noon, Sunday, at Ford Field.


Points for: Packers 26.6 (No. 9). Lions 24.0 (No. 13).

Points against: Packers 20.8 (No. 9). Lions 24.7 (No. 23).

Turnover margin: Packers plus-4 (Tie, 9th). Lions minus-4 (Tie, 23rd).

Packers offense vs. Lions defense: GB — Total: 349.0 (No. 19. Rushing 99.7; No. 23. Passing 249.3; No. 12.). DET — Total: 329.7 (No. 10. Rushing 115.4; No. 19. Passing 214.2; No. 9.).

Packers defense vs. Lions offense: GB — Total: 341.9 (No. 14. Rushing 98.3; Tie, 10th. Passing 243.6; No. 20.). DET — Total: 406.1 (No. 2. Rushing 98.8; No. 24. Passing 303.3; No. 1.).


The Packers have won 20 of the last 23 matchups, and Mike McCarthy is 11-1 against Detroit. Counterpart Jim Schwartz is 1-5 against Green Bay.


PACKERS: QB Aaron Rodgers has 25 TDs & is 1st in NFL history with 25+ pass TDs in team's 1st 9 games in 2 different seasons. Is 1 of 4 QBs in NFL history with 10+ games with 4+ pass TDs in 3-season span. In 6 starts vs. Det. with 15+ att., is 6-0 with 69.7 comp. pct., 1,830 yards (305 per game), 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 120.2 rating. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating…WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb is only player in NFL with 500+ KR (556), 500+ receiving (500), 200+ PR (211) & 50+ rush (96) yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 3 & aims for 4th in row with TD. In last meeting, WR Jordy Nelson had career-high 162 yards & tied career-highs with 9 catches & 3 TDs. WR James Jones has TD in 3 of past 4 at Det. …Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams ties for NFL lead with 15 INTs. LB Clay Matthews, who isn't expected to play, has 5 sacks & INT in 5 career meetings. CB Casey Hayward leads all rookies with 4 INTs.

LIONS: In last meeting, QB Matthew Stafford passed for franchise-record 520 yards & tied team record with 5 TDs. Has 3 career games with 5 pass TDs…RB Mikel Leshoure has 3 rush TDs in past 2. RB Joique Bell ranks 3rd among NFL RBs with 307 rec. yards…WR Calvin Johnson had career-high 244 yards (11 catches, TD) in last meeting. In 9 career meetings, has 10 rec. TDs. Last week had career-best 12 catches for 207 yards & TD. Has 3 200-yard rec. games in career, tied for 5th most in NFL history. Leads NFL with 974 rec. yards. Since 2011, has 2,655 rec. yards, most in NFL, & his 106.2 yards per game avg. during span ranks 1st. Since 2008, has 47 TD catches, most in NFL. WR Titus Young had 2 TDs in last meeting. Since 2010, TE Brandon Pettigrew is 3rd among NFL TEs with 196 catches. In last game vs. GB, had 7 catches for career-high 116 yards…Cliff Avril is 1 of 5 in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 6+ FFs (6) since 2011. Had sack & FF in last home meeting. Since 2010, DT Ndamukong Suh has 17.5 sacks, tied for most by DT. Had sack in last game vs GB.

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