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Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction DEC 29TH 2019

In the aftermath of clinching a division title with a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers handed out T-shirts that read: "The North is not enough." Indeed, NFC North supremacy is not the goal for the Packers, who can clinch a first-round bye and have a chance at the top seed when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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Green Bay squeezed out a 23-22 win over Detroit in Week 6, but the Lions are down to their third-string quarterback and mired in an eight-game losing streak. A victory gives the Packers a bye in the first round and they also have a chance to snag home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if San Francisco loses at Seattle. "Everything's right there in front of us. The one thing I'll say is you can never take any game for granted in this league," first-year coach Matt LaFleur said. "We battled (Detroit) here until the final whistle in Lambeau, so we'll have our work cut out for us." The Lions have dropped 11 of 12 since a 2-0-1 start to the season and have not scored more than 20 points in each of their last five games.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Packers -12.5 O/U: 43.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS (12-3): Aaron Rodgers has gone seven straight games without throwing for more than 243 yards and had just 216 without a touchdown in Monday night's 23-10 victory over Minnesota, leaving him 321 yards shy of 4,000. "There were years when I was throwing it 600 times damn near every year, and that's what we needed to do to win," said Rodgers, who connected with wideout Davante Adams 13 times for 116 yards last week. "This year, we've done it a different way." That different way has included a featured role for Aaron Jones, who rushed for 154 yards and two scores last week to boost his NFL-leading touchdown total to 19. Linebacker Za'Darius Smith leads a defense that has allowed 51 points in a four-game winning streak.

ABOUT THE LIONS (3-11-1): The wheels have come off for Detroit since starting quarterback Matthew Stafford went down with a back injury in Week 9 and neither Jeff Driskel nor David Blough has been able to halt the team's slide. Blough has completed only 56.5 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions in four games, but the offense could get a boost from running back Kerryon Johnson, who rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries in last week's 27-17 loss at Denver after missing eight games due to a torn meniscus. Kenny Golladay is one of three wideouts with at least 60 receptions and leads the team with 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Lions are dreadful against the pass, ranking last at 282.6 yards per game.


1. Rodgers has 20 touchdowns and three interceptions in nine games at Detroit.

2. Golladay is bidding to become the first Detroit WR to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns since Calvin Johnson in 2008.

3. Smith collected a career-high 3.5 sacks last week to boost his season total to a team-best 13.5.

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Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions

Player Position Lineup
Davante Adams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaire Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
David Bakhtiari primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Kenny Clark primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Aaron Jones primary: Runningback Starter
Kevin King primary: Cornerback Starter
Allen Lazard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Corey Linsley primary: Center Starter
Dean Lowry primary: Defensive End Starter
Blake Martinez primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Aaron Rodgers primary: Quarterback Starter
Marquez Valdes-Scantling primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tramon Williams primary: Cornerback Starter
Adrian Amos primary: Safety Starter
Preston Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Za'Darius Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Billy Turner primary: Right Guard Starter
Darnell Savage primary: Safety Starter
Elgton Jenkins primary: Left Guard Starter
Ibraheim Campbell primary: Safety Starter
Montravius Adams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Geronimo Allison primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hunter Bradley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Oren Burks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Crosby primary: Kicker Substitution
Kyler Fackrell primary: Linebacker Substitution
Josh Jackson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jake Kumerow primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Lancaster primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Marcedes Lewis primary: Tight End Substitution
Lucas Patrick primary: Guard Substitution
JK Scott primary: Punter Substitution
Robert Tonyan primary: Tight End Substitution
Rashan Gary primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jace Sternberger primary: Tight End Substitution
Kingsley Keke primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Ka'dar Hollman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Dexter Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Ty Summers primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chandon Sullivan primary: Cornerback Substitution
B.J. Goodson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jared Veldheer primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Ervin primary: Runningback Substitution
Tim Boyle primary: Quarterback Did not play
Alex Light primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Will Redmond primary: Safety Not active
Danny Vitale primary: Fullback Not active
Jamaal Williams primary: Runningback Not active
Ryan Grant primary: Wide Receiver Not active
John Leglue primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
John Atkins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Graham Glasgow primary: Right Guard Starter
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damon Harrison Sr. primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Devon Kennard primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Miles Killebrew primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Lacy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Darius Slay primary: Cornerback Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Defensive Back Starter
Tavon Wilson primary: Defensive Back Starter
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jesse James primary: Tight End Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Left Guard Starter
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Starter
Rashaan Melvin primary: Cornerback Starter
Justin Coleman primary: Cornerback Starter
David Blough primary: Quarterback Starter
Jamal Agnew primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Steve Longa primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Logan Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Austin Bryant primary: Defensive End Substitution
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Substitution
Travis Fulgham primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Isaac Nauta primary: Tight End Substitution
Beau Benzschawel primary: Guard Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Anthony Pittman primary: Linebacker Substitution
J.D. McKissic primary: Runningback Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Frank Herron primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dan Skipper primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Bo Scarbrough primary: Runningback Substitution
Jamie Meder primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
A'Shawn Robinson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Dee Virgin primary: Cornerback Not active
Rick Wagner primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Jonathan Wynn primary: Defensive End Not active
Mike Jackson Sr. primary: Cornerback Not active
Kyle Sloter primary: Quarterback Did not play
Wes Hills primary: Runningback Not active
Caleb Benenoch primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: David Blough
    • Passer: Danny Amendola
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Rusher: Kerryon Johnson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Pass Receiver: Davante Adams
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Pass Receiver: Allen Lazard
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 56 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 40 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Match End


Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Indianapolis L 31 - 34
  • Jacksonville W 20 - 24
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 17
  • Minnesota L 28 - 22
  • @Houston W 35 - 20
  • @Tampa Bay L 10 - 38
  • Atlanta W 16 - 30
  • @New Orleans W 37 - 30
  • Detroit W 21 - 42
  • @Minnesota W 43 - 34
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 22
  • @Jacksonville W 34 - 16
  • New Orleans L 35 - 29
  • @Arizona W 26 - 23
  • @Green Bay L 21 - 42
  • Chicago L 27 - 23

Next Games

  • Chicago(12-15-19) W 13 - 21
  • Philadelphia(09-26-19) L 34 - 27
  • @Detroit(12-29-19) W 23 - 20
  • Carolina(11-10-19) W 16 - 24
  • Tennessee(08-09-18) W 17 - 31
  • Houston(11-22-12) L 34 - 31
  • @Chicago(11-10-19) L 13 - 20
  • Green Bay(12-29-19) L 23 - 20
  • @Tennessee(09-23-12) L 41 - 44
  • Tampa Bay(12-15-19) L 38 - 17

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Packers 21-42
  • Packers @ Lions 23-20
  • Lions @ Packers 22-23
  • Lions @ Packers 31-0
  • Packers @ Lions 23-31
  • Packers @ Lions 11-35
  • Lions @ Packers 30-17
  • Packers @ Lions 31-24
  • Lions @ Packers 27-34
  • Packers @ Lions 27-23

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Detroit Lions

  • Matthew Stafford

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Stafford is expected to line up against the Texans on Thursday despite a right thumb injury.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Vaitai is tending to a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be active against the Texans on Thursday.

  • Jeff Okudah

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Okudah exited the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and his status for Thursday's matchup versus the Texans is in question.

  • Christian Jones

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jones injured his knee, and it unknown if he will be available against the Texans on Thursday.

  • Reggie Ragland

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ragland is bothered by an ankle injury, leaving his status against the Texans on Thursday clouded.

  • Will Harris

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Harris is nursing a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field against the Texans on Thursday.

  • T.J. Hockenson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hockenson is expected to face the Texans on Thursday despite a shoulder injury.

  • Jonah Jackson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jackson is hindered by a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will dress for Thursday's battle with the Texans.

Green Bay Packers

  • Corey Linsley

    day-to-day | questionable

    Linsley left the previous game due to a back injury, and his status for Week 12 versus the Bears is in question.

  • Simon Stepaniak

    day-to-day | I-R

    Stepaniak has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from surgery to repair a torn ACL, and he has two weeks in order to be activated.

  • Tyler Ervin

    day-to-day | questionable

    Ervin missed the previous game due to a rib injury, and it is unclear if it will affect his status against the Bears in Week 12.

  • Montravius Adams

    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams sat out the previous game due to a toe injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Bears during Week 12.

  • Darrius Shepherd

    Prob Sun | probable

    Shepard was absent from the lineup during the last game with a shoulder injury, but it is likely that he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Colts.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Ques Sun | questionable

    St. Brown is idle due to a knee injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's matchup against the Colts in question.

  • Robert Tonyan

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tonyan is managing an ankle injury, but he is projected to partake in Sunday's battle with the Colts.

  • JK Scott

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Scott is tending to a personal matter, and it is unknown if it will impede his status against the Colts on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Green Bay Packers a 23-20 victory over the host Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The winning boot allowed the Packers (13-3) to clinch a first-round bye for the NFC playoffs. The Lions (3-12-1) lost their ninth straight game despite holding a 17-3 halftime lead.

Aaron Rodgers overcame a miserable first half to finish 27-of-55 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Aaron Jones rushed for 100 yards and Davante Adams caught seven passes for 93 yards.

Having failed once to get the go-ahead score, Green Bay took possession at its 17-yard line with 1:20 remaining. An unnecessary-roughness penalty on safety Tavon Wilson after a short run by Rodgers and completions of 4 yards to Geronimo Allison and 11 yards to Marquez Valdes-Scantling set up the play of the game.

With Rodgers under pressure, he checked it down to Jones, who broke two tackles en route to a 31-yard gain to the Lions' 20. Four plays later, Crosby, who missed four field goals and one extra point in last year's game at Detroit, connected on the game-winning boot.

The Lions received a combined 160 rushing yards from Ty Johnson, Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough.

Lions third-string quarterback David Blough was intercepted by linebacker Blake Martinez midway through the fourth quarter to help Green Bay get the tying points. The score came when Rodgers fired a bullet to Allen Lazard for a 28-yard touchdown to tie the score at 20 with 5:19 remaining.

The Lions dominated the first half en route to a 17-3 lead. They struck first with a trick play. Receiver Danny Amendola got the ball on an end-around to the left, stopped and threw the ball across the field to Blough for a 19-yard touchdown. Kerryon Johnson plowed in from the 1 on fourth-and-goal to make it 14-0 with 3:13 left in the half.

Rodgers was 6-of-18 passing for 90 yards. He overthrew several receivers, including Jones on what should have been easy 14-yard touchdown. Instead, Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal to cut the margin to 14-3 with 20 seconds left in the half. The Lions answered just before half, as running back Ty Johnson broke a tackle and gained 40 yards to set up Matt Prater's 42-yard field goal as time expired.

Green Bay finally got in the end zone late in the third quarter on Rodgers' 20-yard touchdown pass to Adams.

The Packers pulled within 17-13 on a 40-yard field goal by Crosby with 12:07 remaining. Prater answered a minute later with a 56-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media