Green Bay Packers: Six Players That Need to Step Up in Week 12 vs. Detroit

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Green Bay Packers: Six Players That Need to Step Up in Week 12 vs. Detroit
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Just like the Green Bay team in 1962, the 10-0 Packers head into Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.  And just like the 1962 Lions, the most worrisome part of the Detroit defense is their defensive line. 

The 1962 version of the Lions sacked QB Bart Starr 11 times in giving the Packers their only loss of the 1962 season, 26-14.  The '62 defensive line of the Lions was led by Alex Karras and Roger Brown.

The 2011 defensive line of the Lions is led by DT Ndamukong Suh (three sacks), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (six sacks) and Cliff Avril (six sacks).

The Lions can score some points as well, as Detroit is averaging 30.1 points a game, led by QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson. 

The Packers have played the Lions on the road 19 times on Thanksgiving.  From 1951-1963 it was an annual event.  The Packers are 7-11-1 vs. the Lions on Turkey day in those games.  However, the Packers have won four out of the last five games played on Thanksgiving against Detroit. 

For the Packers to win on Thanksgiving and to remain undefeated in 2011, a number of players have to step up their play against Detroit.

I'm sure some of you will be surprised with a couple of the names on my list.

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