The Packers (6-3), currently in the driver's seat in the wild-card race, are looking to make up ground on the division-leading Chicago Bears. This is only the second game the Packers have played within the NFC North, but they won their first, against Chicago back in mid-September.
The Lions (4-5), meanwhile, are playing for their playoff lives. They're 0-3 in the NFC North, with a loss at Chicago and a season sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. A loss here will all but mathematically bury their already slim hopes of being relevant in December.
Both of these teams have been somewhat disappointing to this point in the season, but both have played better of late.
The difference is, the Lions killed the momentum they'd built from winning three out of four by dropping a huge game to Minnesota last week. The Packers come into this game off of a bye week and riding a four-game winning streak.
That, along with many other signs, points to this seemingly being a walkover win for the Packers. But divisional games never turn out exactly like they're expected. The Packers aren't a perfect team, and the Lions have more talent than they've shown.
The question is whether any of that will matter. The Packers are vastly more consistent in their execution; but in spurts, the Lions are one of the few teams in the NFL that can match their firepower.
If the Lions can fire up their offense to play four quarters, they have a shot. Neither team's defense is especially frightening, and the Packers will be without Defensive Player of the Year candidate Clay Matthews.
On the other hand, Detroit's defense isn't exactly a shutdown unit, either, and the Packers are not an easy squad to stop.
Chances are, we're either looking at a blowout Packers victory, or a shootout that could go either way. Which one depends greatly on which Lions offense shows up today.
Either way, keep it here as I attempt to keep up with all the scoring, be it one- or two-sided.
Final Score: Packers 24, Lions 20
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