Breaking Down Week 10 vs. the Lions

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  After concluding a highly-disappointing road trip, the Packers return home to host the Lions, who currently sport a league-worst 1-7 record. The Week 10 meeting with Detroit presents Green Bay with a much-needed opportunity for rebound after ceding sole possession of first place in the NFC North during Week 9.

As 11.5-point favorites and winners of the last 24 home games versus the Lions, it’s difficult to envision any outcome other than a lopsided victory by Green Bay. And while the matchup seems favorable toward the Packers in just about every regard, one must keep in mind both the circumstances that Detroit will be playing under and the fundamental dysfunction that has plagued the Packers since the bye week.

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Since late October, Jim Caldwell has witnessed the firing of Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, GM Martin Mayhew and President Tom Lewand, leaving the third-year head coach as next in line to go. Coming off of the bye week, expect Caldwell and the Lions to play the Packers tough, similar to the 2014 season finale that carried division title implications.

From Green Bay’s perspective, a second half comeback last week in Charlotte seemed to temporarily quell concerns over the lack of offensive production. However, the same issues of poor run blocking and lack of wide receiver separation manifested themselves during several critical drives of the game’s final two quarters, preventing any real chance of taking the game into overtime.

While Detroit is significantly less talented on defense than Green Bay’s prior two opponents, offensive coordinator Tom Clements must make some adjustments in terms of play calling and personnel packages. The offensive line will need to improve pass protection in order for Aaron Rodgers to regain confidence in the pocket – something that has been oddly absent over the past two games.



Should the Packers fail to correct their issues on offense and gain some stability on defense at home and almost fully healthy, the NFC North division could be open for the taking. History suggests that the Packers will have their way – be it in orderly or sloppy fashion.

Prediction: Packers 37 Lions 19

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Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike joined GPN in May 2010.

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