The Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers are “co-tenants” in the North Division in the National Football Conference (NFC). That is the only thing about these two squads that is similar. The visiting Lions sit alone in last place in the division with a very poor Won-Loss record of 1-7.
The Green Bay Packers, the home team for this game, find themselves tied for first place with the Minnesota Vikings. Both squads have Won-Loss records of 6-2. A quick glance at their respective records indicates that the Packers lead the Lions by five full games.
That, by itself, makes this contest look like a mismatch. And, on paper, it certainly seems as if it will be one-sided, an easy victory for the home team. But, it may actually turn out to be worse than it looks. The Packers, a team that was undefeated just two weeks ago, have fallen on hard times.
Green Bay, a pre-season favorite to represent its Conference in the Super Bowl, now looks more like a team that will have trouble advancing in the playoffs. The truth is that, even with franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers calling signals, Green Bay has begun to look vulnerable.
The Packers have suddenly seen their offense turn sluggish and their defense become a bit porous. This squad, after losing its first game two weeks ago, traveled to Indianapolis yesterday where the Colts, a team that started the day with a Won-Loss record of 3-5, scored a surprise victory over the Wisconsin squad with a last second field goal.
Quarterback Rodgers appeared angry and frustrated as he walked off the field. His teammates shared his disappointment. And this team with high expectations will now almost certainly vent its collective frustrations on the visiting and currently lowly Detroit Lions.
It could get ugly for the squad from “the Motor City.” Detroit has little to play for at this point, but would probably like to take the role of “spoiler.” But for this Sunday’s contest, the Lions are definitely overmatched and may not be able to equal the intensity that the Packers will bring to the game.
Aaron Rodgers, considered by many to be the top quarterback in all of professional football, and his determined teammates can be expected to “hammer the visitors” mercilessly beginning at 1 PM this Sunday.
There is every reason to believe that the Packers will score early and often against the team from Detroit. A blowout certainly seems like it could take place in Wisconsin. If it happens, the Packers will likely believe that they are “back on track” and their “cheese-head” fans will go home happy.
The Lions will have to bring their “A” game if they hope to have any chance of winning this game.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report