Packers vs. Lions: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It has been a long time since they have been in a meaningful game on Thanksgiving, but the Detroit Lions will host the Green Bay Packers in an epic NFC North battle this Thursday. 

The Packers have looked vulnerable the last two weeks, at least on the defensive side of the ball. They are giving up points and allowing opponents to keep the game close, but Aaron Rodgers always makes sure that they come out ahead in the end. 

The Lions have had their own problems recently. They are just 2-3 since that 5-0 start, and their vaunted defensive line is allowing nearly 135 rushing yards per game. The good news is that the offense got back on track against the Panthers and Matthew Stafford had five touchdown passes. 

 

Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

When: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m. EDT

Watch: FOX

Listen: WTMJ & Statewide Radio Network, Sirius Channel 86 (Green Bay); 97.1 FM WXYT, Sirius Channel 91.

Live Streaming Audio: NFL.com Audio Pass ($29.99 for year, $27.99 team specific, $9.99 a month)

Betting Line: Green Bay (-6)

 

What's At Stake?

The Packers' pursuit of perfection. It is time to really start thinking about whether or not this team can pull it off. The offense has been as dominant as any offense that we have seen in recent memory, including New England's in 2007. 

The Lions are fighting with the Bears, Falcons, Giants and Cowboys for a wild card spot, and a victory over their biggest rival would be a huge confidence boost as we flip the calendar to December. This is probably their biggest game of the season. 

 

Packers' Injury Report

Day-to-Day: WR Greg Jennings (Knee)

Doubtful: RB James Starks (Knee)

Out: RB Alex Green (Knee), T Chad Clifton (Hamstring), DB Nick Collins (Neck)

 

Lions' Injury Report

Doubtful: RB Jahvid Best (Concussion)

Out: RB Jerome Harrison (Head), DB Erik Coleman (Ankle), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (Shoulder)

 

What They Are Saying

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the game against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Scott Boehm/Getty Images

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke after last week's win against Tampa Bay, and when he was asked about seeing his team play less than their best and still come out with a win, he made it seem like that is actually a good thing. 

From Packers.com:

“I think it was great for us. Adversity is awesome … especially when you overcome them. This is something we can benefit from. It’ll be a good energy source to draw on, especially during a short week,” McCarthy said.

"We’re 10-0, we have a big one coming up on Thursday. We’re really looking forward to this division game in Detroit.”

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com broke down the team's schedule over the final six weeks and finds that their path to the postseason is a lot harder than everyone else's. 

If the playoffs were to start today, the Lions and Bears would be in the playoffs as the Wild Cards.

Unfortunately, the Lions have six games remaining against opponents with a combined record of 39-21. That includes games against division leaders Green Bay (twice, 10-0), New Orleans (7-3) and Oakland (6-4).

The Lions have the most difficult schedule of all the teams in the Wild Card hunt.

 

Packers Player To Watch: WR Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers races for the endzone after making a reception against Myron Lewis #23 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field on November 20, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew St
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Packers have a lot of great playmakers on offense, but Jordy Nelson is starting to separate himself from the pack. He is averaging almost 19 yards per reception and leads the team with nine touchdown catches. 

Rodgers and Nelson have developed quite the chemistry and they should be able to use it to exploit the Lions defense that has been spotty all season. He has at least one touchdown catch in three straight games. 

 

Lions Player To Watch: QB Matthew Stafford

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 20:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up on the sides lines during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Panthers 49-35.  (Photo by Leon Hali
Leon Halip/Getty Images

If the Lions want to win this game, they will have to score points. Matthew Stafford bounced back nicely after a few down weeks with five touchdown passes against the Panthers. He has to find ways to exploit a soft Packers pass defense. 

Stafford has to make big plays early and often to give his team a lead and get the Packers back on their heels. If he can do that, the Lions will pull off the upset. 

 

Key Matchup: Matthew Stafford vs. Packers Secondary

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 14: Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers intercepts the football as he is tackled by Devin Aromashadu #19 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 14, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty
Scott Boehm/Getty Images

Going right back to the well, the Lions need to be able to pass the ball against the Packers if they are going to win. 

Stafford has proven himself to be a great playmaker and Calvin Johnson gives him the down-field threat that he needs to exploit any defense, much less one that allows 289 passing yards per game. 

The Packers are great at forcing turnovers, but that aggressiveness has led to them getting burned more often than you would think for a team that is 10-0.  They need to worry about preventing completions more than going for interceptions. 

 

Prediction

I really want to go with the Lions in this game, but until I see the Packers lose, I can't bet against them. 

Packers 35, Lions 31

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