After a disaster Week 1 from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, can we expect Green Bay to get back on track against one of the league’s projected worst in the Detroit Lions? Let’s see the NFL odds.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Monday, September 20, 2021 – 8:15 PM EDT at Lambeau Field
The Detroit Lions showed plenty of heart in the first game of the season behind Dan Campbell as head coach. On the other hand, the Packers showed absolutely no heart and one has to wonder if Aaron Rodgers even cares about this season. So with the Packers as -11 favorites, can they actually cover the spread?
The Lions were down big to the 49ers but never gave up in their 41-33 loss. New veteran quarterback Jared Goff continued to sling the football around the field and the Lions actually stormed back to being down just one possession, after being down by multiple scores. Of course, the Lions failed the enormous comeback but showed grit and hunger and never quit. You can get down with that as a bettor.
The Lions didn’t perform well on the offensive end but have confidence they’ll be able to make the improvements necessary to win a couple games this year. The offense surely didn’t lose the Lions their game against the 49ers last week. It was the defense.
The defense struggled in the run game, allowing 131 yards on the ground. They also didn’t look great in coverage, giving up 319 yards in the air. The defense struggled to make big-time tackles and overall just didn’t have a great day on the defensive end. The lone positive was the pass rush, which was effective at times.
Green Bay lost their first game of the season to the Saints, 38-3. The Packers, unlike the Lions, just never looked like they cared and that falls solely on Aaron Rodgers. The Packers only had 244 yards of offense and allowed 322 yards on defense. Rodgers was given solid protection behind the Packers’ offensive line. The offensive line actually played well when you look back. It was terrible quarterback play which we’re not really used to. Aaron Rodgers’ head wasn’t in the game. I don’t care what he says.
So while the Packers have always dominated the Lions and are massive favorites, the big question is if you can trust that the Packers can get back on track.
Personally, you won’t find me betting the Packers after last week’s performance. After last week, I know I have a chance at getting a backdoor cover from the Lions. I also know I’d be backing a team that shows grit, toughness and have heart. The Packers’ loss last week was deflating and it could’ve been that way for the Lions, except they fought and fought.
The Lions will have confidence coming into this week with most Packers fans and players questioning Rodgers’ desire to play in the league any longer. The Packers defense made solid open-field tackles and didn’t allow the Saints to break out for big gains with the ball in hand. That’s a positive for the Packers but outside that, it was the offensive line and nothing else for the Packers.
Their playmakers need to make plays and the defense needs to get stops. Until they do that, I’m not backing them as a large favorite against anyone. The Lions looked back last week. We can sit here and overreact or we can break down what we saw last week. I saw a Packers team uninterested in competing last week. The Lions were the opposite so take that into consideration for your NFL picks.
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