Packers Periscope: Week 6 vs Detroit Lions

Deshone Kizer was the last Packers quarterback to take on Detroit. Welp, Kizer is no longer in Green Bay and the Packers are miles ahead of where they were in the 2018 finale. What an ugly game that was as the Lions shutout the Packers 31-0 in an uncontested fight. Hindsight is 20/20 but it is safe to say Monday night will be quite different.

Detroit will be at Lambeau in primetime and the odds at all in their favor as they have lost 25 out of their previous 28 games played in Wisconsin. However, the Lions will be fearless considering they have swept Green Bay in the past two seasons. Those games haven’t been particularly close either with Detroit having a 19-point average margin per victory.

Despite the unevenness, this rivalry has given us the last three decades, Monday night’s matchup is highly anticipated. The Lions and Packers are two of five teams remaining in the NFC with one or fewer losses. Detroit is coming off a bye so they will be fresh and well-rehearsed. In week four, they went down to the wire with the Kansas City Chiefs in a shootout loss 34-30. The Lions defense held Patrick Mahomes to zero touchdowns. However, in their 2019 opener, Detroit tied the lowly Arizona Cardinals who fought their way back from being down an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Which version will the Packers get on Monday?

Last week, Green Bay responded well after falling to the Philadelphia Eagles on a short week. A team the Lions have beaten already this season. The Packers traveled to Jerry’s World and dominated the Dallas Cowboys in what was one of their few real tests this year.

The defense combined for three sacks and three interceptions against quarterback Dak Prescott. Currently, Green Bay ranks ninth and second in the NFL in both categories. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliot was limited to 62 yards on the ground after having three consecutive games with 100-plus yards rushing against the Packers.

Detroit isn’t the team Dallas is on offense but they are still more than capable sitting at eighth in the league in total offense. Most of which through the air.

Matthew Stafford has two good weapons in wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. The depth behind receiver tandem is also exceptional consisting of Danny Amendola as the third option at receiver, rookie tight end TJ Hockenson, and running back Kerryon Johnson who is a vital threat as a runner and pass catcher.

One again the defense needs to make life difficult for the opposing quarterback.

Last week, Aaron Jones carried the offense with a monster day going for a career-high four rushing touchdowns and 182 yards from scrimmage. Aaron Rodgers had a strong day in Dallas and felt like he played his best game of the season in terms of how he saw the field. That said, he threw for a so-so 238 yards and no touchdowns against the Cowboys.

On Wednesday, head coach Matt LaFleur said the offense is rolling with what has been working lately so they may continue to feed Jones if he continues to have the hot hand.

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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murf7777's picture

October 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Not a prediction, but after watching the "all 22" tape yesterday of the Dallas game, I came away very impressed with T Williams as a slot DB and have since done some research on his play this year. PFF rates him as the 11th best DB in the NFL so far. He hasn't been getting the love he deserves. If he keeps playing the slot DB like he has the first 5 games, he will be considered for the pro bowl this year. Amazing for a guy who is 36 years old. He keeps himself in great shape and it shows on the field. Go T go!

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mamasboy's picture

October 11, 2019 at 01:51 pm

I hope we resign him for next year. It's like he's indestructable at 36

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October 13, 2019 at 12:49 am

I am fine with paying Tramon another $4.5M to $5M or so for 2020 on a one year deal, but I had hoped that Josh Jackson, Hollman and/or Tony Brown would make it unnecessary. Perhaps GB could even pocket a 5th round comp pick, though I rather think Gute signs a FA next year that negates such a pick.

Hard to find a player who can play the slot plus the boundary and FS in a pinch, though.

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SterlingSharpe's picture

October 11, 2019 at 05:56 pm

Love Tramon!

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Lare's picture

October 11, 2019 at 03:32 pm

The only ways the Packers lose this game is if they're outcoached, lose the turnover battle, fail to control the LOS or the refs decide the final outcome.

(Or if Crosby misses 4 field goals again).

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October 11, 2019 at 07:31 pm

Crosby missed the 4 FGs in Detroit not at Lambeau. I'm more concerned about the officials than I am about being outcoached, TOs or Crosby. Thanks, Since '61

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SterlingSharpe's picture

October 11, 2019 at 05:55 pm

First, the Packers did not "dominate" Dallas. I was there. And I watched it the next day on tape.

Also, proofread tip:

"One again these the defense needs to make life difficult for the opposing quarterback."

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Samson's picture

October 11, 2019 at 06:32 pm

Sorry but, as much fun as being at the game is, TV broadcasts actually provide a much more in depth view of any sporting event.... Watching a game in-person is mostly a non-factor in any evaluation.
GB actually did dominate Dallas (at times)... they won 34-24 so they must have.

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October 12, 2019 at 10:18 am

The Lions are always a tough game for the Packers. It's a "legacy" game for Detroit. They are facing a division rival that embarrassed them for years while losing 24 consecutive games in Lambeau. This is a team of professionals, and their pride had been crushed for years. Now they're feeling the vibe of winning. But this week? Time to re-establish that Lambeau magic and crush their hopes early and often.

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PatrickGB's picture

October 13, 2019 at 06:59 pm

I would love for us to restore that Magic. But we are too banged up to win this one. Sorry.

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