Coming off the bye week, the Packers sit at 1-2 with two very tough road losses against the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. The one win for the Packers came at home when they took on the Washington Redskins. There should not be many health concerns for the Packers as the bye week gave the team time to regroup, recharge and get ready for a stretch of 13 straight games to end their season.
In order for the Packers to beat the Lions, they will need a lot from both sides of the football. However, there is one guy that I believe will step up and make big plays: quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Many people may think this is an easy selection considering Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I chose Rodgers because not only is he one of the best in the league, he is one of the best against the Lions. In nine career starts against the Lions, Rodgers is 8-1. The one loss came in Detroit during the 2010-11 season when Rodgers was knocked out in the second half with a concussion.
The Lions’ defense struggles mightily against Rodgers. He has thrown for 2,285 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career against the divisional foe. His QBR is a whopping 111.4 and he has a completion percentage of 68 percent in his nine games. I expect Rodgers to expand on these numbers and get a much-needed win for the Packers.
Lambeau will be packed and the fans should be very excited for this game. I project Rodgers final stat line to look like this: 25-for-31, 310 yards, three touchdowns.