Packers-Lions Turkey Day Preview

Matthew ReisContributor INovember 25, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Grady Jackson #90 of the Detroit Lions is blocked by Daryn Colledge #73 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The turkey is cooking in the oven. You know the food will be good. But what about the football on the television?

The Packers-Lions game is an interesting matchup.  You have the Lions who are coming off their second win of the season in an exciting win over the Browns.  The Packers are also coming off a win. 

Injuries are first.  On the Lions side you have two big question marks.  I believe Matt Stafford will not play with his sore shoulder.  Culpepper will start the game for the Lions.  Also, an injury which has gone under the radar is Calvin Johnson.  He was injured on the pass interference in the end zone.  I have a feeling he will play, but he is a big question mark.  The Lions also have quite a few injuries on defense.  The only ones who haven't partipated in practice so far is Kalvin Pearson (safety), Ko Simpson (safety), Ernie Sims (linebacker), and Dewayne White (defensive end).  The defense could be hurting for the Lions.

The Packers injuries are well noted.  Al Harris and Aaron Kampman are out for the season with ACL injuries.  The other Packer players who haven't particpated in practice and therefore are big question marks for the game: Allen Barbe (offensive line), Ahman Green (running back), Scott Wells (center).  I believe Scott Wells will play.  Ahman and Allen will be out.  Other noteables on the injury list include Ryan Grant, Chad Clifton, Cullent Jenkins, Johnny Jolly, and Charles Woodson.  All of them I would expect to play.

The Lions always play the Packers tought at Ford Field.  Especially on Turkey Day.  Yet, there are just too many question marks on the Lion's defense.  The running game keeps rolling.  The passing game is solid as usual.  Look for big games from Ryan Grant and Jermichal Finley. 

The Lions need to expose the weakness in the Packer's defense.  The injury to Al Harris needs to be exposed by whomever starts the game at QB for the Lions.  Tramon Willams will do fine.  It will be the coverage of Jarret Bush and the linebackers on the tight ends that needs to be watched. 

Even with the injuries to key players, the Packers should roll in this one.  They have the deeper more dominant team.  It would be a nice Turkey Day gift for the faithful Lion's fan.  But the Packers will win 27-17.