Two NFC North division teams meet this Sunday at 1 PM ET when the Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field, in week 5 of the NFL season.
A loss could means time to panic for Green Bay, considering they enter this week with a 1-2 losing record and Detroit is 3-1 in four weeks.
Most people think the Packers need to run the ball, or at least give it a shot.
“I’m fully aware of how we’re viewed, but the reality is how our offense is implemented in practice and how we train, it starts with the run game,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Now, the way the games are played has a lot to do with the trend and the flow of the football game. Running the football is important.”
Detroit offense is 5th in passing yards in the league, and just scored 40 points on the Chicago Bears, another NFC north rival.
“They have a very explosive offense,” Packets safety Morgan Burnett said. “They’ve got a lot of weapons with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush; they’ve got (Brandon) Pettigrew at tight end, you’ve got Matthew Stafford at quarterback. They’ve got weapons, so you’ve got to trust your defense, trust your technique. You can’t get out of line with guessing or anything because they’re a good team.”
Detroit has 22 losses in a row visiting Lambeau Field, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 8-1 against the Lions since he won the starting job. Also, Detroit is 5-15-2 ATS in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Green Bay.
The Packers are 7 points favorites in the NFL lines for week 5.