Week 14 Preview: Lions at Packers

Week 14 Preview: Lions at Packers

We have the key stats and notes from both teams, plus our prediction, as the Packers (8-4) host the Lions (4-8) in prime time.

DETROIT (4-8) at GREEN BAY (8-4)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE: ackers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Detroit 5-7; Green Bay 6-6

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 92-65-7

AP PRO32 RANKING: Lions No. 22; Packers No. 7

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Lions 45-41, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK: Lions lost to Indianapolis 35-33; Packers beat Vikings 23-14

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Green Bay has won 21 straight against the Lions in Wisconsin, streak that dates back to Dec. 6, 1992, win at County Stadium in Milwaukee. ... The 20 straight regular-season wins (Packers won another in playoffs) is longest in NFL history. Washington has won 18 straight against Lions, and Pittsburgh has 16-game winning streak against Cleveland. ... Lions have lost four straight, last three by combined nine points. ... Teams meeting for second time in three weeks. ... With 1,428 yards receiving, Lions WR Calvin Johnson needs to average 105 yards over last four games to match Jerry Rice's single-season NFL receiving record of 1,848 yards. Johnson averaging 119 yards per game. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford leads NFL in attempts (534) and yards passing (3,742) and second in completions (323), but ranks 21st in completion percentage (60.5). ... Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has seven rushing touchdowns, half of Detroit's total on ground. ... Lions on pace to average over 400 yards per game for first time in team history. ... Packers have won 10 straight against NFC North opponents, longest divisional winning streak in NFL. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been sacked NFL-high 39 times, including three by Lions in Nov. 18 meeting at Ford Field. Lions DT Nick Fairley sacked Rodgers twice. ... Packers have three rushing touchdowns this season. ... Since opening season 2-3, Green Bay has won six of last seven. ... Green Bay has won 24 of last 26 regular-season games at home. ... Green Bay has won six of last eight Sunday night games and its overall record of 19-6 is best in NFL.

INJURY REPORTS: PACKERS — Out: OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring); RB James Starks (knee); DE C.J. Wilson (knee); DB Charles Woodson (collarbone). Doubtful: DE Mike Neal (shoulder). Questionable: G/T T.J. Lang (ankle); LB Terrell Manning (shoulder). Probable: WR Donald Driver (thumb); C Jeff Saturday (foot); CB Sam Shields (ankle). LIONS — Questionable: T Jeff Backus (hamstring); S Louis Delmas (knee); DT Nick Fairley (quad); CB Chris Houston (ankle); CB Jacob Lacey (foot/Achilles); DT Corey Williams (knee). Probable: T Gosder Cherilus (knees); DE Lawrence Jackson (concussion); WR Kassim Osgood (finger); LB Ashlee Palmer (thumb).

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (10-2): The Lions have lost four in a row, including the last three because they couldn't deliver in the fourth quarter. At 4-8, the Lions are finished. Still, don't expect them to roll over in prime time and let the Packers continue their charge to the playoffs without putting up a fight. Nonetheless, the Lions have nothing of substance on offense beyond Stafford and Johnson. Safety Louis Delmas figures to play in at least a part-time role but the secondary should be ripe for the picking for Rodgers. Green Bay senses something special is possible. The Packers have survived an incredible number of injuries. Help is on the way next week for what will be a winner-takes-all NFC North showdown at Chicago. Packers 31, Lions 21.


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