Week 13 Preview: Packers at Lions

Week 13 Preview: Packers at Lions

We have everything you need for Thursday's game, from team stats to notes, plus our prediction.

GREEN BAY (5-5-1) at DETROIT (6-5)

OPENING LINE: Lions by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 4-6, Detroit 5-6

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 96-65-7

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Lions 22-9, Oct. 6, 2013

LAST WEEK: Packers tied Vikings 26-26; Lions lost to Buccaneers 24-21

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 15, Lions No. 13

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers has won five straight, 15 of 16 and 23 of 26 against Detroit. ... Green Bay beat Lions at home, QB Aaron Rodgers threw 83-yard TD pass to WR James Jones late in third quarter, PK Mason Crosby made five field goals and WR Calvin Johnson's injured right knee put him on inactive list for only time this year. ... Lions are 11-8-1 against Green Bay on Thanksgiving, their most common opponent on holiday. ... Rodgers is expected to miss fourth straight game after breaking left collarbone Nov. 4 in loss to Chicago. Matt Flynn will probably become Green Bay's fourth QB to start this year. Packers haven't started four quarterbacks since at least 1950, first year that quarterback starts were tracked for all teams league-wide, according to STATS. ... Green Bay has had four QBs throw pass for first time since 1995 with Brett Favre, Ty Detmer, T.J. Rubley and Jim McMahon. ... Flynn helped Green Bay rally from 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit in last week's tie against Vikings with 218 yards passing and TD in relief of Scott Tolzien. ... Flynn had 480 yards passing and six TDs in last game against Lions on Jan. 1, 2012, while Rodgers rested for playoffs, and cashed in as free agent when Seattle gave him $26 million, three-year deal. ... Rookie RB Eddie Lacy, drafted 61st overall, has NFL-high 755 yards since Oct. 1 and ran for 110-plus yards for third time last week. and for score for fifth time in six games. ... LB Clay Matthews has six sacks in six games against Detroit, coming off two-sack game this year. ... Packers 0-3-1 in last four, worst stretch since losing five straight toward end of 2008 season. ... Detroit has lost two straight, but still leads NFC North with Chicago and owns potential tiebreaker against Bears. ... Lions have lost franchise-record nine straight on Thanksgiving since beating Green Bay in 2003, and are 33-38-2 overall in annual holiday game. ... QB Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions last week for third time in career and first time in nearly two years. He's had his two lowest passer ratings of season in last two losses to Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. ... Johnson has 861 yards receiving over last five games, NFL record. ... RB Reggie Bush has 546 yards of offense and two TDs in four NFC North games this year. ... Lions have allowed average of 43.8 yards rushing over last five games, giving up 1.8 yards per carry. ... LB Stephen Tulloch, who has led Lions in tackles in each of his two years in Detroit, has team-high 91. ... DT Nick Fairley has three sacks and two forced fumbles in last three games against Packers. ... DE Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah matched season high with two sacks last week, leads NFL rookies with five.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (9-1-1): So, it's come down to this for the Packers. It seems like a lifetime ago when both teams were 5-2 and there might have been a first-round bye at stake for this game. Not anymore. The Lions, even with two turnover-filled losses, control their destiny in the NFC North. The Packers, with a barrage of injuries that Aaron Rodgers hasn't been on the field to cover up, have been free-falling through the NFC standings. There seems to be too much for the Packers to overcome today, starting with Rodgers missing a fourth consecutive game with a broken collarbone. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers spoke this week of plugging one hole, only for another to appear on his defense. You don't want to be plugging holes against Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. A short week is tough enough; a short week after playing five quarters is double trouble. It will be interesting to see how much gas Eddie Lacy has in his tank. The Packers' only chance is a lopsided turnover count. Too bad they've only forced a bunch of turnovers in one game this season. Lions 34, Packers 13.

LIONSRANKPACKERSRANK
OFFENSEDETRk GB Rk
Points/Game 26.07 25.8 8
Total Offense 412.1 6 424.4 2
Rushing Offense 103.7 22 139.9 6
Passing Offense 308.4 3 284.5 5
3rd Down Offense % 43.0 7 39.7 9
Red Zone Efficiency 63.4 5 45.2 29
Giveaways 21 26t 15 10t
DEFENSEDET Rk GB Rk
Points/Game 25.2 22 24.1 18t
Total Defense 364.8 22 359.6 20
Rushing Defense 88.0 4 115.5 18
Passing Defense 276.8 27 244.2 19
3rd Down Defense % 31.3 3 36.0 10
Red Zone Efficiency 40.0 4 55.3 19
Takeaways 14 23t 10 28

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