Week 5 Matchup: Detroit Lions (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-2)
TV Info and Game Time: FOX at 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Opening Spread: Packers favored by 7
Detroit took quite a hit when Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident, but not one that will necessarily hamper this offense. That kind of savvy route-running in the short to intermediate will now lean heavily Ryan Broyles, a capable second-year receiver who’s struggled to stay healthy since college. Broyles has been recovering from a knee injury and, despite not recording a catch, did see his snap total explode to 41 in Week 4.
The Matthew Stafford-to-Calvin Johnson connection remains this offense’s constant because, frankly, who can stop it? (besides Darrelle Revis)
Green Bay has loaded up picks and frugal acquisitions to bolster their front-seven and the positives are showing. The Pack stifled San Fran Week 1 and are getting nice push in the trenches. Clay Matthews and his fellow backers will have their hands full with rangy backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, players for which the Lions excel at getting the ball in a variety of spots around the line of scrimmage.
As always, their chances ride on Aaron Rodgers maintaining another strong MVP campaign despite the road bump in Cincinnati.
Key Matchup: Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley vs. Packers Interior Offensive Line
When these teams faced off in Detroit last season the explosive Suh-Fairley DT tandem nearly stole it for the Lions. The two ran roughshod through the middle to give Rodgers and the GB run game fits all day. Fairley announced himself as a force and Suh announced his return to elite status. Green Bay held up well against the league’s best 4-3 DT in the Cincinnati Bengals‘ Geno Atkins, but Suh is giving him a run for that distinction here in 2013.
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