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Lions vs. Packers NFL Week 5: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction

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TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX

Stadium: Lambeau Field

Weather: Low 39, High 59

Line: Green Bay (-7)

The Green Bay Packers are one of those teams that have you scratching your head because of their slow start to the 2013 season. Sitting at 1-2 heading into a week five NFC North matchup, Aaron Rodgers is poised to take this team back to the top of the decision with a big win. Rodgers has passed for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns in just three games this season, leading the third-best offense in the league. Randall Cobb seems to be his favorite target as of right now, catching 21 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Since Eddie Lacy‘s injury, James Starks has given the Packers’ run game a boost, running the ball 34 times for 187 yards and a touchdown.

Starting the season 3-1, the Detroit Lions are starting to look like a force to be reckoned with in the NFC North. Two years ago, the Lions made the playoffs with a 10-win season and in 2012, they came up short by a wide margin, winning just four games and disappointing everyone. This season is starting to look like 2011 as the Lions’ offense is one of the best in the league and the defense in better than it has been in years past. Matthew Stafford has 1,262 yards and seven touchdowns, finding his favorite wide out Calvin Johnson 21 times for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Reggie Bush is leading the run game with 254 yards and a touchdown on a 5.3 yards per carry average.

Defensively, the Lions, like I said earlier, are improved from years past — although it wasn’t hard to do. Although they rank in the lower half of the league in nearly every defensive category, they can create turnovers and have played well enough to give the offense a chance to lead the team to victories. The Packers have one of the best run defenses in the league as well as one of the worst pass defenses. Ranking 28th in pass yards allowed is good news for Stafford and Johnson while their eighth rank in rush yards allowed is bad news for Bush.

PREDICTION: Lions 24, Packers 28

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.