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A downtrodded Packers defense dominated Detroit in the teams' first meeting. The Packers have won their last 13 matchups held in Wisconsin against Detroit.

WHAT: DETROIT LIONS (5-7) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-5)

WHEN: 3:15 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Lambeau Field

TV: Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 9 1/2.

LAST WEEK: The Lions beat the Cardinals 26-12 behind 196 yards from rookie running back Kevin Jones. The Eagles beat the Packers 47-17 as the Packers yielded the most passing yards in club history.

LIONS OFFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (27), PASS (26)

LIONS DEFENSE: OVERALL (22), RUSH (21), PASS (22)

PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (4), RUSH (10), PASS (3)

PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (27), RUSH (9), PASS (30)SERIES RECORD: Packers 80-63-7.

LAST MEETING: Thanks to a motivational speech by Packers coach Mike Sherman, the reeling Packers roared past the Lions 38-10 on Oct. 17 at Ford Field.

With a 1-4 start and coming off a blowout home loss to Tennessee, Sherman reminded his players "our backs were against the wall so far that they had splinters."

The Packers led 17-10 at the half but outscored the Lions 21-0 in the second half to earn a dominating victory. Safety Darren Sharper started the second-half turnaround with an interception that he finished off with a leap into the end zone.

That play was the highlight of a dominating defensive effort. The Lions gained only 125 yards for the game, including just 18 in the second half.

Brett Favre led the offense by going 25 of 38 for 257 yards and Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport rushed for a combined 143 yards. Green added a touchdown pass, a 20-yarder to Donald Driver to cap the scoring.


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