The Packers have had troubles with tough defenses throughout the season when they are on the road, but at home they seem to play a lot better for whatever reason. With this game being at Lambeau, I believe the Packers once again make a statement with a decisive win over Detroit to win their 4th NFC North title in as many years.
While the Packers stalled on offense in their first meeting I think they are a much better team this time around, Bulaga was coming off an injury to play in his first game back and Linsley was still trying to gel with the O line in his third career start as a pro, Now this line has got 13 more games under their belts and have come together as a unit to play stellar ball. Suh had his way with the rookie but in my opinion this time around Linsley will surprise him with not only his power but his all around form and the smarts he has acquired since they last met. The line has also started run blocking better these last 4 or 5 games to open lanes for Lacy to run through. Speaking of which, Lacy has seemed to have gotten his North/South form back instead of dancing at the point of attack, He is hitting the holes with power and if they are not there his vision to find the cut back lanes seems to be coming naturally to him again, This is all coming at just the right time to make a run for the Superbowl.
Detroit has not been able to put points up against even mediocre teams winning most of their games by 3 points in dramatic finishes! I do not see this happening with the way the Packs defense is playing lately. They have stopped way better offenses than the Lions and will prove this game that they are the real deal, House was a big factor at containing Johnson the last game so we can only cross our fingers and pray he is able to go this game as well but if not Williams has been playing very well and he can get it done also!
Reggie Bush will be back for this one as well so Capers will need to dial up those run stopping plays to keep him under the 100 yard mark, If the defense can do that and keep Johnson from making the big plays it will be a long day for Stafford because as of late the Packs pass rush has found its identity and is getting pressure on whoever they play. I know some are saying since Raiola is suspended this game their O line could be a little weaker but watch out for the rookie Swanson, He is 6-5 317 lbs and played in the SEC for four years so he will be no push over. for instance look at how Linsley stepped in as a rookie and played! But if Daniels plays like a beast it could be trouble for the rookie
But with all this said I believe the so called experts are wrong and so are most that think this will be a close game. I believe the Packers come into this game with not only a chip on their shoulders from losing to the Lions early in the season but they will have a boulder to drop on them right from the start. Rodgers will tear up their secondary with Nelson/Cobb and Adams all having good games and then Lacy will put the final touches on them with some power running to seal the deal.
So I predict a Packer win by a landslide of 31-17
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