What 2 Watch 4: Packers V Lions

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The Packers travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This game marks the Lions helmetbeginning of a three game NFC North stretch for the Packers. Two of the games, this one and the one against the Bears, will be played away from Lambeau Field. After a season-opening loss to Seattle and comeback victory against the Jets in week two, the Packers will likely show their true colors in this game.

The Lions are now a force to be reckoned with in the NFC North, and whether or not they blow it down the stretch, they can play spoiler to anyone at any time if they don’t challenge for the NFC North title. Here are a few things to watch for:

Most Dangerous Substance on Earth - Packer Offense

Stafford V Rodgers

Matthew Stafford may very well be a wildcard in this game. He lit up the Giants in week one but against a good defense in the Carolina Panthers last week, threw three interceptions. Rodgers is clearly a better quarterback but Packers fans can’t discount the fact that the addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron to the offense can’t help but make Stafford’s job easier.

Aaron Rodgers has been a pass-rich and interception-poor quarterback for his entire career. The Lions secondary has been all but decimated by injuries as evidenced by the desperation signing of cornerback Danny Gorrer. Aaron should have a good day. And I think our defensive backfield began to come into its own last week, so if we can keep the pressure on we should win this one.

Defensive Matchup

imagesCATDOOYXWe know that the Lions defensive front is going to be a challenge, but there are questions. Starting with DE Ezekiel Ansah who did not participate in practice…will he play? The Lions will be able to bring pressure up the middle as always but if the edges are soft, it opens up opportunities for a Packer offense that can make anybody pay at any position. Again, Rodgers should have a fine time on Sunday as long as get gets the ball out of his hands.

The Packers defense, on the other hand, is a bit of an unknown. In the last half of the game against the Jets, the defense showed great improvement over their first five quarters and ten minutes of play, shutting out the Jets and setting the stage for a brilliant Packers comeback. But was this an anomaly or is was it a sign of a defensive unit that was coming into its own? The game against the Lions will be a critical coming of age game for the Packers D.

The offensive line

If the Packers offensive line can punch holes for Eddie Lacy and get him back to 2013 form, the Packers will put up 35 points or more. So far this season, the Packers have looked like the 2010 offense that could absolutely kill through the air but could do nothing on the ground. But let us not forget how important it was during the Super Bowl run that James Starks came on and the ground game suddenly blossomed. I will be looking for Linsley to have his first error-free game because I LOVE that his attitude is a perfect fit with Sitton and Lang. I look for the O-line to make enough room particularly on the edges and also cutback lanes, for Eddie Lacy to have 65 -80 yards. If he breaks 100 this game will be sown up in the 3rd quarter. If we can’t get a ground game going…well, I think we can still win a shootout but I would not be as satisfied with the progress of the team as a whole.

So that is what I will be looking for. What are your keys to the game? Let me know in the comments below.

GO PACK!!!

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

1 Comment

  1.   July 9, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Really…. we all know who’s #1…. packers #SB50 world champion #14titles can’t wait….

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