Packers-Lions: Game snapshot

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Detroit Lions (2-11) at Green Bay Packers (5-8)

WHEN: Sunday, Noon CST

WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI


TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Jesse Palmer, Jay Glazer

SERIES: 147th game between the Lions and Packers is the NFL's longest uninterrupted series. The Packers hold a 78-62-6 edge in the series and have won nine of the last 11 games against Detroit. The Lions have not won or tied at Lambeau Field since Dec. 15, 1991.

2006 RANKINGS Lions: offense 19th (32nd rush, 6th pass); defense 24th (23rd rush, 21st pass). Packers: offense 9th (20th rush, 9th pass); defense 29th (17th rush, 28th pass)

PREDICTION: Packers 24-21

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers allowed eight pass plays of at least 15 yards in the first meeting, and their secondary can expect to come under even more fire with the Lions losing RB Kevin Jones for the season.

Detroit will likely spread the field and put the game into the hands of QB Jon Kitna, who is amassing big statistics, but also struggling with turnovers. They key will be how the offensive line holds up because most of Kitna's errors come while trying to force plays while under pressure.

Green Bay will attempt to be far more balanced offensively, especially considering its youth on the offensive line. If RB Ahman Green is productive early on, QB Brett Favre could be in for a huge day because the Lions don't have anyone who can put heat on the passer consistently.

Lions: Kitna is on pace for 4,288 passing yards, which would be second in franchise history (Scott Mitchell, 4,338 in 1995). ... DT Corey Redding has 5.5 sacks in his past five games.

Packers: Green needs 238 rushing yards to pass Jim Taylor (8,207) as the franchise's all-time rushing leader. ... WR Donald Driver joined James Lofton, Sterling Sharpe and Antonio Freeman as the only players in franchise history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

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