MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Sunday Football in the NFL on New Year’s Day will see the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions locking horns in the battle for the NFC North title.
Both teams are sitting on 9-6 records this season and the winner of the matchup at Ford Field this weekend will decide the division title.
The Packers enter the game on great form, having won five straight to shake off a mid-season skid and the football experts are backing the visitors to go into Detroit and extend their good late season spell.
The Lions enjoyed an excellent mid-term run but have lost two in a row heading into their final regular season fixture.
After winning five straight to start November and going into early December, Detroit suffered defeats to the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys to close out the month of December.
While Matthew Stafford and the Lions were losing, Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay were turning the tables and both teams will be looking to punch a playoff ticket.
The Packers have all the momentum at the moment and have a 61.3 percent chance to beat the Lions on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
“We feel our season is just getting started,” said Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy.
“We understand what we needed to do to get to this point. This is about beating the Lions and beating them in that dome.”
The loser of this game will need the Washington Redskins to lose against the New York Giants to claim a wild-card berth.
Other teams in action on the NFL Week 17 schedule are Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans – who have all secured playoff spots already.
NFL WEEK 17 SCHEDULE
Sunday, January 1
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
New England at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
Buffalo at New York 1:00 PM CBS
Dallas at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans at Atlanta 4:25 PM FOX
New York at Washington 4:25 PM FOX
Arizona at Los Angeles 4:25 PM FOX
Oakland at Denver 4:25 PM CBS
Kansas City at San Diego 4:25 PM CBS
Seattle at San Francisco 4:25 PM FOX
Green Bay at Detroit 8:30 PM NBC