They Said, We Said: Lions-Packers Prediction

PackerReport.com's game prediction and LionsFans.com's game prediction: How do they stack up?

Todd Korth - PACKERREPORT.COM

The Lions have too much offense for Green Bay's new defense under coordinator Jim Bates. The Packers rarely practiced with all of their starters on defense in place during training camp because of injuries. Starting linebacker Na'il Diggs probably will not play because of a knee injury that he sustained in early August. Nose tackle Grady Jackson only practiced a handful of times after undergoing off-season knee surgery.

Kevin Jones had a big game last year against Green Bay. This year, the Lions have four excellent receivers to complement Jones. Green Bay's secondary is suspect with rookie safety Nick Collins and either Joey Thomas or Ahmad Carroll at left cornerback. Carroll struggled as a rookie last year with holding and pass interference penalties. He has improved a little in training camp, but he was flagged twice in the preseason finale for those same penalties.

Detroit also has the edge over Green Bay on special teams with Eddie Drummond leading the way.

Prediction: Lions 28, Packers 17

Nathan Caminata - LIONSFANS.COM

Although the spotlight will certainly be on maligned quarterback Joey Harrington, it is a foregone conclusion that Detroit will attempt to establish the run with second-year back Kevin Jones. Jones had success against the Packers last season, and we can expect much of the same on Sunday. The Lions run blocking has been formidable throughout training camp and the preseason, and Jones has been kept fresh. If they have success early with the run, it will keep an already suspect Packers' defense honest, opening up the passing lanes for Harrington and his talented receiving core.

Defensively, the Lions don't have to do anything special, as the ball club would surely win any shootout at Ford Field. However, the unit enters the contest in good health. All Pro defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is matched up with rookie Will Whitticker, handing Detroit a distinct advantage in the trenches. Last year's sack leader DE James Hall will return after missing the bulk of the preseason (shoulder), but has looked quick and powerful in practice. The Lions can control each side of the line of scrimmage. If they do, they will cruise.
Prediction: Lions 27, Packers 13

 


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