Opponent First Look: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions at noon Sunday. Here are stats and notes from both teams as we start looking ahead to this NFC North game.

DETROIT LIONS (1-7) at GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-2)

LAST GAME — 12/28/14: Lions 20 at Packers 30. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown. Packers safety Micah Hyde recorded a 55-yard punt-return touchdown.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 12/28/14

REFEREE — John Hussey

BROADCAST — FOX (noon): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Detroit), 146 (Green Bay). XM: 230 (Green Bay).

LIONS NOTES: QB Matthew Stafford has won two of past three starts vs. Green Bay. Has three-plus TD passes in two of past three meetings. Since 2011, has 20,995 passing yards, third-most in NFL…RB Theo Riddick had touchdown catch in last meeting. RB Joique Bell had season-long 32-yard run in Week 8. RB Ameer Abdullah is one  of four NFL rookies with both rushing and receiving touchdowns…WR Calvin Johnson has 14 touchdowns in 14 career meetings. Has six 100-yard games vs. Green Bay, including 244 yards (11 catches, one  TD) on Dec. 1, 2012. In past five at Green Bay, has 40 catches for 589 yards (117.8 per game) and seven touchdowns. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,873 receiving yards and 102.6 receiving yards per game. WR Lance Moore has touchdown catch in three of past four…DE Ezekiel Ansah has five sacks, three forced fumbles and fumble recovery in past five games. LB Stephen Tulloch aims for his third in a row vs. Green Bay with sack. S James Ihedigbo aims for third in a row vs. Green Bay with forced fumble or fumble recovery. DE Jason Jones had sack in last game vs. Green Bay. S Don Carey had 40-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery in the Sept. 2, 2014, meeting in Detroit.

PACKERS NOTES: QB Aaron Rodgers is 6-0 at home vs. Detroit and has 114.9 rating. Has thrown 52 TDs vs. two INTs with 124.2 rating in past 20 at home (including playoffs). Has won 20 of past 23 division games and has 55 TDs, seven INTs and 120.9 rating…RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 100 yards in last meeting. RB James Starks had 122 scrimmage yards and a touchdown last week…WR Randall Cobb had two touchdown catches in last game vs. Detroit Has five touchdowns in past six at home (including playoffs). Has nine TDs in past eight vs. the division. WR James Jones has a touchdown in all four homes games in 2015. In last home game with Green Bay vs. Detroit (Oct. 6, 2013), he had four catches for 127 yards and an 83-yard touchdown. TE Richard Rodgers had career-high two touchdowns last week…Green Bay is third in the NFC with 23 sacks, led by LB Julius Peppers (5.5) and LB Clay Matthews (4.5). Peppers has 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 14 career games vs. Detroit. He is the only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (131) and 10-plus INTs (11). Matthews has seven sacks in nine career meetings. Has 4.5 sacks in past six. Rookie CB Damarious Randall aims for third in row with an interception. He leads the team with 10 passes defensed.

LIONSPACKERS
SERIES LEADER 95-67-7
STREAKS 6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 1-1 Mike McCarthy: 15-3
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 8: L 45-10 vs K.C. in London) L 37-29 at Panthers
PASSING Stafford: 193-299-2083-13-11-84.1 Rodgers: 163-252-1937-19 (T3L)-3-108.2 (2C)
RUSHING Abdullah (R): 63-225-3.6-1 Starks: 78-334-4.3-1
RECEIVING C. Johnson: 48-659-13.7-3 Cobb: 40-476-11.9-5
OFFENSE 337.8 340.9
TAKE/GIVE -9 +6 (T2C)
DEFENSE 385.8 382.1
SACKS Ansah: 7 (1C) Peppers: 5.5
INTs Quin: 2 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Martin: 46.6 Masthay: 44.0
KICKING Prater: 39 (15/16 FG; 8/8 FG) Crosby: 55 (22/22 PAT; 11/12 FG)

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