Packers-Lions game snapshot

Facts, series history, keys to the game, prediction

Green Bay Packers (9-1) at Detroit Lions (6-4)

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WHEN: Today, 11:30 CT
WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 156th meeting. Packers lead series, 84-64-7. Green Bay has won three straight and 11 of the last 13 encounters between the division rivals. The Packers are 6-9 on the road against the Lions with Brett Favre at quarterback since 1992 but 3-2 at Ford Field. Green Bay won both postseason meetings, in the NFC wild-card round in the 1993 and '94 seasons.

PREDICTION: Packers 30-24

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Lions are giving up 256.9 yards per game through the air -- a scary prospect going up against the league's second-ranked passing team. Detroit has overcome that so far by creating a league-high 30 takeaways. However, if the Lions can't force QB Brett Favre into mistakes, the secondary better tackle well because the Packers lead the league with 1,488 yards after the catch. ... The Lions ran the ball on their first four offensive plays last Sunday, but then abandoned the ground game when it stalled. Seven total rushing yards is a big reason Detroit is riding a two-game losing streak. RT Jonathan Scott is expected to return, but the Lions are still very wary of Green Bay's pass rush. Expect QB Jon Kitna to look to the inside routes with WRs Mike Furrey and Shaun McDonald working against the Packers' nickel and dime packages.

KEY INJURIES: Packers: RB Ryan Grant (ankle sprain) expects to play; DT Johnny Jolly (shoulder) is out at least two weeks; FS Nick Collins (knee sprain) and TE Bubba Franks (knee sprain) are out. Lions: DE Dewayne White (triceps) will try to practice this week in hopes of returning after missing two games.

FAST FACTS: Favre's 7,774 passing yards against Detroit is his most against any opponent. ... This will be the Lions' 68th game played on Thanksgiving Day.


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