PackerReport.com staff predictions

All but one pundit feels that the Packers will win sixth straight game

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 9-1
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 10-6
Sunday's game: Packers 31, Lions 17
Comment: The Green Bay Packers have a golden opportunity to basically take control of the NFC North with a win Thursday. A win gives the Packers a four game lead on the Lions with five to play. The Packers are 3-2 at Ford Field and Brett Favre is 1-1 lifetime against the Lions on Thanksgiving. The Packers certainly played on all cylinders for awhile last week against Carolina, and it is imperative that the Packers can put pressure on QB Jon Kitna and play solid pass defense. The Lions have struggled running the ball as of late, so expect a turnover or two from the secondary. Favre and the offense will get their usual 30-plus points in the game. Special teams is on a roll except for the two missed field goals (one was blocked) by Mason Crosby last week.

Tyler Dunne, Correspondent/Rookie pundit
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 8-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 34, Lions 28
Comment: Three straight losses have the Lions thinking Wild Card instead of a division title, but as Mike McMahon, Joey Harrington, Dre Bly and the immortal Scotty Anderson have shown us... the Lions are a different team on Thanksgiving Day. Much like 2001 when Green Bay nearly lost to the winless Lions and 2003 when Harrington outdueled Brett Favre (no typo), the '07 turkey match-up will be fought to the finish. Jon Kitna is a spirited player to begin with. On the Thanksgiving stage, he should match Favre drive-for-drive for most of the day. In the end though, the Packers' playmaking, 'bend but don't break' secondary will do more than the Lions 30th ranked pass defense.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 8-2
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Green Bay 37, Detroit 26
Comment: Something about this game screams high-scoring. That's not saying the Packers won't have this locked down in the fourth quarter, but there could be a late-rally or garbage time touchdown. Green Bay's offense is clicking in a way we haven't seen in 10 years. With Ryan Grant forcing defenses to respect the run, the play-action pass has been working to perfection. Then again, Green Bay has found success going five-wide with Grant on the sideline. Defensively, the Packers will have to be on their Thursday-best against a potent, though inconsistent Lions passing attack. But expect Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk and Corey Williams to give fans plenty to be thankful for.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 7-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Lions 24, Packers 23
Comment: The Lions seem to be crumbling and they can't run the ball a bit, but with their season at stake and their history of playing well against the Packers in Detroit and on Thanksgiving, the Lions get the nod.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 7-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Lions 24
Comment: I just gotta believe the football gods are setting up the HUGE NFC showdown between the Packers and Cowboys. Nothing is going to come easy, though, for the Packers as the Lions are pretty much back to their losing ways of old, meaning this game now is their playoffs/Super Bowl again on Turkey Day. BUT I've been very impressed with how McCarthy gets his team ready to play and focused on the game that day.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 7-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 35, Lions 21
Comment: This game will be closer than everyone expects and the Lions are a dangerous team. I think it will be high scoring but the difference will have to be the defensive line. If the defensive line comes to play, it should get after Jon Kitna.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 7-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record will be 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Lions 16
Comment: The Lions are skidding and the Packers are rolling. Once again, Green Bay is playing an opponent at the right time, and that should mean a victory for the Packers. The Lions have beaten one team with a winning record this season, so it's hard to imagine them topping the red-hot Packers despite homefield advantage.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 7-3
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
Sunday's game: Packers 23, Lions 21
Comment: This may be the 45th anniversary of the 1962 'Thanksgiving Day Massacre' when Vince Lombardi's undefeated Packers went into Tiger Stadium and were destroyed by Joe Schmidt, Alex Karras, Roger Brown and Company but I believe the Packers will manage to win a big game this time around. True, Green Bay's record in Detroit over the years is not pretty, even when they have clearly had the better team. But the Lions have hit the Reality Wall the past two weeks. I look for a tight ballgame with Mason Crosby delivering the game-winner at the end.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 6-4
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game: Packers 31, Lions 13
Comment: Everything seems to be going against the Packers this game - it's a short week, they're in Detroit on Thanskgiving, and they have the game of the year coming up next week at Dallas. So how can they possibly get an 18-point win? Well, the Lions simply aren't that good. Sure, they have some nice young players, but they really haven't beaten anyone noteworthy this year. The Packers will sack Jon Kitna at least six times and hand the Lions their third straight loss, essentially ending the NFC North division title chase.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers 2007 season prediction record: 6-4
Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
Sunday's game:Packers 27, Lions 14
Comment: While I'm stuffing my face with turkey and pumpkin pie on Thursday, the Packers will be stuffing the Lions, giving the Packers an insurmountable lead in the NFC North. The Lions' true colors have been on display recently. A good team, but not a division-title team. Favre torches the Lions' suspect secondary as the Packers go 10-1, and after the game it'll be time for nap.


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