DETROIT LIONS (4-8) VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-4) (NBC)
WHEN: 8:20 p.m. est December 9th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: Al Michaels (play-by-play) and (analyst) with Michele Tafoya on the sideline for NBC.
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog
The Packers aim for their 11th consecutive division win when they host the Lions. Quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, the longest such streak at one stadium in NFL history, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (34 games at Memorial Stadium).
“We have a tough division,” said Packers linebacker A.J. HAWK after the team’s Week 13 win over Minnesota. “Every game is going to be like this. The NFC North is a fun division to be in as a linebacker. Every game is physical and I don’t think there are going to be many blowouts in the NFC North.”
In last year’s meeting between these two teams at Lambeau Field, Lions quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 520 yards and five touchdowns. Detroit’s passing offense leads the NFL this season (312.5 yards per game) with wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON playing a major role.
Johnson, who leads the NFL with 1,428 receiving yards, is the first player in NFL history with four consecutive games with at least 140 receiving yards in a single season. He has also tied the NFL record set by PAT STUDSTILL in 1966 with five consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards.
QB AARON RODGERS is 7-0 & has 100+ rating in all 7 starts vs. Det. with 15+ att. In those 7, has 18 TDs, 4 INTs & 118.6 rating. Team is 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating. Incl. playoffs, has TD in 36 home games in row
WR RANDALL COBB has 6 rec. TDs in past 6. Is only player in NFL with 800+ KR (851), 600+ rec. (675), 200+ PR (242) & 100+ rush (132) yards.
WR JAMES JONES leads NFC with 9 rec. TDs.
WR GREG JENNINGS has TD in 2 of past 3 meetings.
TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with TD
S M.D. JENNINGS had 72-yard INT-TD in last meeting.
Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has NFC-best 15 INTs.
CB CASEY HAYWARD leads rookies with 5 INTs.
S MORGAN BURNETT had 2 INTs last week.
From the Dope Sheet:
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Lions:
- All-time, regular season: 92-65-7
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, in Green Bay: 29-10-3
- Streaks: The Packers have won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 18, 2012, at Ford Field, Packers won, 24-20.
- Last meeting, regular season, in Green Bay: Jan. 1, 2012, at Lambeau Field, Packers won, 45-41.
THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 166 in the all-time series.
- Green Bay has scored more points (3,458 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
- The Packers have won 21 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Schwartz (2009-11).
- The 20 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among active NFL streaks at one team’s home field.
LAST MEETING, IN GREEN BAY
- Jan. 1, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-41.
- With starting QB Aaron Rodgers resting for the playoffs, QB Matt Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards and six TD passes (TD record since tied by Rodgers), including a 4-yard scoring strike to TE Jermichael Finley with just over a minute remaining to give Green Bay the win.
- Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 520 yards and five TDs, making it the first game in NFL history in which opposing QBs each threw for 400-plus yards and five TDs in a game. The teams’ combined 971 net passing yards set an NFL record.
- WR Jordy Nelson posted career highs in receptions (nine), receiving yards (162) and TD receptions (three).
Official injury report:
|T.J. Lang||G||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Donald Driver||WR||Thumb||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Clay Matthews||LB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Jordy Nelson||WR||Hamstring||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Sam Shields||CB||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Mike Neal||DE||Shoulder||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|James Starks||RB||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|C.J. Wilson||DE||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Charles Woodson||S||Collarbone||Limited Participation in Practice||Out|
|Jeff Saturday||C||Foot||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Terrell Manning||LB||Shoulder||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|