Week 5 Preview: Lions at Packers

Week 5 Preview: Lions at Packers

We have everything you need for Sunday, from team and individual stats to notes, plus our prediction.

DETROIT (3-1) at GREEN BAY (1-2)

KICKOFF: Sunday, noon

TV: FOX (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa)

OPENING LINE: Packers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Detroit 3-1, Green Bay 1-2

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Lions 27-20, Dec. 9, 2012

LAST WEEK: Lions beat Bears 40-32; Packers had bye

AP PRO32 RANKING: Lions No. 8, Packers No. 11

LIONS OFFENSE: OVERALL (6), RUSH (21), PASS (5)

LIONS DEFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (20), PASS (21)

PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (9), PASS (3)

PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (8), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: NFC North rivals meet for 168th time in series that dates back to 1930s ... Lions boast No. 1 third-down defense in NFL, allowing only 10 of 47 attempts (21.3 percent) converted through Week 4. ... WR Calvin Johnson needs five touchdown catches to break franchise record of 62 held by WR Herman Moore. ... QB Matthew Stafford completed 23 passes in last week's win over Bears to become first NFL player to complete 1,200 passes in first 50 career games. He's also first player in franchise history with 1,200 completions. ... Stafford was 3 years old when Lions last beat Packers on road, 21-17 on Dec. 15, 1991. .. DT Ndamukong Suh recorded two sacks against Bears, his first multi-sack day in nearly three years. He is five sacks shy of tying Detroit's career record for defensive tackle of 29 held by Shaun Rogers. ... Green Bay is 6-1 after bye week under coach Mike McCarthy. ... Packers' streak of 21 regular-season wins at home against Lions, including games played in Milwaukee, is longest in NFL history. ... Packers have won nine straight at home against NFC North opponents. ... WR Randall Cobb has gone over 100-yard receiving mark in four of last six regular-season games. ... Packers have had back-to-back games with 100-yard rushers after going nearly three years without one. But James Starks, who had 132 yards in Week 2, is out Sunday with knee injury. Johnathan Franklin ran for 103 yards in Week 3 but will likely return to backup role with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy back from concussion. ... Of Packers' seven sacks this season, three have come defensive backs.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (3-0): It's hard to argue against the trends. The Packers are 6-1 after getting a bye week under coach Mike McCarthy and the team has won 22 in a row at home over Detroit. Streaks and trends, of course, are made to be broken. It won't happen this week, though. Do the Lions have the talent in the secondary to keep up with Green Bay's playmakers? On the other side of the ball, Morgan Burnett's a difference-maker and Clay Matthews is back. Packers 30, Lions 24.

GREEN BAY (Team)
Category StatNFC NFL
Turnover Margin -213 (tie)21 (tie)
Points Scored 32.01 2
Points Allowed 29.312 27
Total Offense 454.72 3
Rushing 128.05 9
Passing 326.72 3
Total Defense 404.313 28
vs. Rush 93.35 8
vs. Pass 311.014 28
Third-Down Offense 36.4%8 18
Third-Down Defense 40.0%11 24
Red-Zone Offense 64.3%3 8 (tie)
Red-Zone Defense 81.8%16 31
GREEN BAY (Individual)
Category StatNFC NFL
Passing: Rodgers 105.11 3
Rushing: Starks18712 25
Receptions: Cobb2111 (tie)24 (tie)
Rec. Yds.: Cobb29012 24
Interceptions: Neal/Shields114 (tie)22 (tie)
Sacks: Matthews2.018 (tie)42 (tie)
DETROIT (Team)
Category StatNFC NFL
Turnover Margin+44 7 (tie)
Points Scored30.53 4
Points Allowed25.38 20
Total Offense404.84 6
Rushing95.811 21
Passing309.04 5
Total Defense378.87 18
vs. Rush110.811 20
vs. Pass268.09 21
Third-Down Offense29.8%13 28
Third-Down Defense21.3%1 1
Red-Zone Offense52.9%11 20
Red-Zone Defense38.5%5 9 (tie)
DETROIT (Individual)
Category StatNFC NFL
Passing: Stafford96.25 8
Rushing: Bush25410 15
Receptions: Johnson2111 (tie)24 (tie)
Rec. Yds.: Johnson3129 19
Interceptions: Three players21 (tie)4 (tie)
Sacks: Ansah2.514 (tie)34 (tie)

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