Packers visit Lions, Preview, Line, Spread, Pick

Packers vs Lions NFL NFL Thursday Night Football kicks off Week 13 of the NFL regular season from the Motor City when the Green Bay Packers visit the Detroit Lions in an important NFC North clash.

After a strong start of 6-0, Green Bay has lost four of its past five games. Earlier it looked as if Green Bay would battle Carolina for the top spot in the NFC but now they are just battling to remain in the playoff race. Aaron Rodgers has played well but cannot find an open receiver.

Randall Cobb and James Jones have not played well at wide receiver in the absence of injured Jordy Nelson. The Packers running game has finally showed some signs of returning as Eddie Lacy has run for 100 plus yards in each of the past two games. Overall, the Packers offense is No. 24 in yards gained.

The Lions are showing life. After starting the season 1-7, Detroit has won three straight games. One of those three was an 18-16 victory over these same Packers in Lambeau Field.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw 5 touchdown passes in last week’s victory for Detroit. Three of his 5 TD passes were to Calvin Johnson who has 599 yards receiving over his past 6 games played, including 93 yards versus Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day.

Running the ball is nearly a non-issue for Detroit. The Lions are next to last in rushing yards this season in the NFL. However, being one dimensional versus Green Bay could hurt the Lions on Thursday.

Rodgers has a record of 10-3 with 24 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions in his past 13 games versus Detroit.

The Lions have not swept Green Bay in 24 straight seasons.

Latest Line: Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions

Favorite: Green Bay -3, Over/Under: 46.5

Entering this game, Green Bay has an overall record of 7-4 straight up and 6-5 against the spread, while Detroit entering this game has an overall record of 4-7 SU and ATS.

The Packers on the road are 3-2 SU and ATS, while the Lions at home are 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS.

Lean: While many believe Green Bay has started to fall apart, this writer sees the Packers returning to form in this important NFC North clash. Take the Pack behind a resurgent running attack with passes thrown in by Rodgers to keep the Lions defense off balance.

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