TV: Fox (Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson, Charissa Thompson).
Series: 158th meeting. Packers lead 86-64-7. Green Bay has won the last five meetings between the division rivals, dating to the 2005 season. It's the longest string of dominance in the series since the Packers won six in a row spanning the 2000 to 2003 seasons. Green Bay is 4-2 at Detroit's Ford Field. The NFL's longest uninterrupted series has included two postseason meetings, both won by the Packers in NFC wild-card matchups in the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
Keys to the game: The Packers have a short week following their Monday night win, leaving little time for RBs Ryan Grant (hamstring) and Brandon Jackson (concussion) to get back to full health. If one or both is significantly limited, undrafted rookie Kregg Lumpkin could see action. The good news is QB Aaron Rodgers will have yet another weapon to attack the Lions' shaky secondary with the return of No. 3 WR James Jones. ... Lions WR Roy Williams has said Packers CB Al Harris is among the toughest corners he faces because of his physical style at the line, and Williams has just one 100-yard performance in six career games against Green Bay. But the Lions need Williams and Calvin Johnson to step up early to help prevent another big deficit. RB Rudi Johnson should see an increased workload behind rookie Kevin Smith this week.
Key injuries: Packers: Running back Ryan Grant (hamstring) and cornerback Charles Woodson (broken toe) are questionable. Lions — Tight end Dan Campbell (hamstring) is out for the season.
Fast facts: The Packers and Chiefs tied for the youngest roster with an average age of 25.56 years entering the season. ... Packers DE Aaron Kampman has two sacks in each of his past two games against Detroit.
Focus on: Detroit's offensive line
Of the eight offensive tackles taken in the first round of this year's NFL draft, six started in Week 1. One was injured. One was healthy and didn't play a single snap — the Lions' Gosder Cherilus.
And Cherilus, the 17th pick, plays right tackle, not left. He remains behind veteran George Foster.
But offensive coordinator Jim Colletto plans to give Cherilus some playing time in today's home opener against Green Bay.
"We're going to probably try to get Gosder in the game some," Colletto said. "He needs to play."
How far behind Foster is Cherilus?
"He can probably play right now," Colletto said. "But we're probably right now going a little bit more with the experience factor at this point and work him in and get his feet on the ground."
Asked if Cherilus would rotate in at right tackle, Colletto said: "I don't know how much he'll rotate, but I'm going to try to get him in some at some point in the game."
Colletto said Foster played well Sunday at Atlanta except for the sack he allowed — and Colletto explained the sack.
"It was a play that was checked to, which we really didn't have to do that, and he got caught with his pants down a little bit," Colletto said. "It surprised him. But really, overall he did a nice job pass protecting other than that one time."
Colletto has been concerned about injuries and position flexibility.
Cherilus has been the only tackle in uniform trained to play both sides. If he goes down and the Lions suffer another injury, they're sunk. Colletto said Foster and left tackle Jeff Backus might have to cross-train, too.
"We may have to start looking at teaching Backus and George to do the same things just to cover our bases," Colletto said.
Aaron Rodgers passed his first test as the Packers' starting quarterback with aplomb and prolific numbers, including the all-important victory. Now, he gets his indoctrination to starting a game on the road with today's visit to Detroit. Under normal circumstances, Green Bay would be able to pick the poison to inflict on the Lions' anemic defense. The Packers have been proficient with running the football and throwing it in their five-game winning streak against Detroit.
However, Green Bay has injury issues at running back. Ryan Grant will start but be limited for the second straight game because of lingering hamstring soreness. Top backup Brandon Jackson is iffy after suffering a concussion in the opener. So, the Packers could be relying a lot on undrafted rookie Kregg Lumpkin, if not Rodgers, who isn't afraid to get out of the pocket and run.
The Lions couldn't stop the run in their first game against Atlanta, allowing 318 yards, but to ease his team's run concerns because of the injury issues, coach Mike McCarthy won't be shy to let Rodgers throw with regularity.
The Packers will have their top three wideouts on the field for the first time, with James Jones cleared three weeks after sustaining a sprained knee. Donald Driver and Greg Jennings usually play well inside at Ford Field, having combined for seven touchdown receptions the last few years.
The Packers' defense gets a breather of sorts after having to contend with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in the opener. Rookie Kevin Smith is no slouch at running back, but he's no Peterson. The primary focus for Green Bay is clamp down on the Lions' dynamic receiving tandem of Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams. The Packers will stick to their patented one-on-one, press coverage with cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson, who can expect to get a workout because Jon Kitna was good for 40 and 48 throws in the two games against Green Bay last season.
The Lions must stop the run and put pressure on a quarterback making one of his first NFL starts. They didn't do that in their opener against Atlanta and got pummeled. Their defense gave up big plays early and had trouble tackling throughout. They fell behind the Falcons by three touchdowns in the first quarter and cannot afford to do that against the Packers. Their best chance is to establish the run, control the clock and keep that defense off the field.