PackerReport.com staff predictions

Green Bay's loss to the New Orleans Saints last last Sunday has left all but a few pundits feeling that the Detroit Lions will keep Green Bay winless. Here are this week's fearless predictions of Green Bay's first away game of the season against the Detroit Lions.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-0
Sunday's game: Lions 19, Packers 13
Comment: The Packers O-line better get it right this week because the going will be tough against the D-line of the Lions in a hostile environment. The Packers' offense will struggle to put points on the board and Mr. Automatic Jason Hanson will kick the Lions to victory.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-0
Sunday's game: Lions 17, Packers 14
Comment: This one is a hard one to pick. I got to watch the Lions against the Seahawks and was impressed by the defense, but the offense struggled. But I have to take in considerations all the horrors that have happened in Detroit, so I'm going to say Lions 17, Packers 14, and I really hope I'm wrong!!!!

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers season prediction record: 2-0
Sunday's game: Lions 24, Packers 13
Comment: Mike McCarthy said on Friday that the Packers have had their best week of practice thus far in the early going of the season. That's good news, but it still won't be enough. Much better Packers teams have gone into Detroit only to get hammered. I expect the same on Sunday.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Lions 21, Packers 17
Comment: The Packers find themselves between a rock and a hard place this week with another so-called "must win" game. The problem is, their track record in the Motor City has not been good, even when they've had much stronger teams than they have right now. The Lions always seem to play their own "Super Bowl" when the Packers show up and I don't see anything to indicate this week will be any different. Both teams are 0-2 and are in desperate need of a win. If the Packers want to accomplish that they'll have to stop Detroit's rugged front four to give Brett Favre time and open some holes for a sputtering running game. The bad news for Green Bay is that even when Favre gets the ball to his receivers they've had trouble (with the exception of Donald Driver) holding onto the ball. These issues plus a loud, hostile crowd would seem to point to another long afternoon.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Lions 13, Packers 10
Comment: Expect Shaun Rogers to control line of scrimmage. That will limit the Packers' ability to run the ball and force Brett Favre to throw it. This will be the first time in a dome for three rookie offensive starters, so that bodes poorly for the passing game. Expect a Favre interception to lead to Detroit's touchdown, and the Lions to win an ugly game.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Lions 20, Packers 17
Comment: The Packers were 1-7 on the road last season, and this is the team's road debut. Based on two losses at home and a porous defense, it doesn't look good. The only thing giving the Packers a chance is their opponent, the Lions, are just as bad as the Packers. Still, the Packers "under glass" usually spells l-o-s-e. Mike McCarthy has to wait at least another week to get his first win as a head coach.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Packers 17, Lions 13
Comment: If you can't beat Detroit, who can you beat? The Titans, Raiders and Texans aren't on the schedule, so that makes this a must-win game. And that's must-win, if you want to go 5-11. Even that might be a stretch. There are things this team does well. There are areas to be encouraged about. But this year's Packers will be a frustrating team to watch as they work through their growing pains.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Lions 17, Packers 10
Comment: Struggles will continue for the Pack and I don't see much changing until the defensive backs actually show up. 60 points given up in the first two games. Packers never should've let Jim Bates go!!

Ken Stills, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-1
Sunday's game: Packers 23, Lions 16
Comment: Favre has great success against this team with a record of 21-9 (playoffs included). The Packers must continue playing solid defense. This is a young team that must learn how to close out games. Detroit is still trying to work out the kinks. Green Bay should capitalize on its mistakes and get its first victory of the season.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 0-2
Sunday's game: Packers 20, Saints 13
Comment: Call me a sadist, but I saw enough good things last week in the Saints game to think the Packers can win at Detroit. The Lions are also 0-2, having scored only 13 points in two games. The Packers need to commit to running the football and their pass coverage must improve. The Packers should have beaten New Orleans last week, but those two deficiencies cost them the game. This week should be different, as head coach Mike McCarthy knows that he should have had his first Packers coaching win last week at Lambeau. Let's hope he and the rest of the coaching staff learned a valuable lesson.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 0-2
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Lions 13
Comment: On the road, in a dome, over a barrel. No, it doesn't look good for the Pack. But the Lions have produced the same record as the Packers, while scoring fewer points, so Sunday could be a great opportunity for Green Bay to break into the win column.


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