DETROIT, MI, Sporting Alert – The Detroit Lions welcome the Green Bay Packers in a NFC North rematch in Thursday Night Football on Dec. 3.
The Lions (4-7) are lingering at the wrong end in the NFC North standings, but head into the clash with Green Bay at Ford Field on good form, having won three in a row, including an 18-16 victory over these same Packers to kick-start the streak on Nov 15.
After edging Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, Detroit also picked up victories against the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles to keep their NFL playoff hopes alive.
The Packers (7-4) in the meantime, have been inconsistent in the last five weeks and need to get back on track if they want to keep up with the Minnesota Vikings, who currently lead the NFC North standings.
In their outing, Green Bay was outgunned 17-13 by the Chicago Bears at home after failing to score a single point in the second half.
The defense, which is holding teams to 19.5 points per game, held the Bears below that average, but the offense failed to hold up its end of the bargain, after falling well below the season average of 23.8 points for per game in the defeat to Chicago.
Rodgers and the Packers also failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorites.
Meanwhile, the Lions had no trouble outclassing the Eagles 45-14 on Thanksgiving Day, with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing five touchdown passes for 337 yards without an interception.
Calvin Johnson also had a career day after taking three touchdown catches in that win.
But Johnson, who missed Tuesday’s practice with a nagging ankle problem is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game, but is expected to play.
He is averaging 87 yards receiving in the three-game winning streak and 99.83 for the last six battles.
However, fellow receiver Lance Moore (ankle) has been ruled out of the contest against the Packers, according to the Lions’ official website.
The Packers are listed as 3-point favorites against the Lions, according to Oddshark, while the game’s total is sitting at 46.5.
ESPN Matchup Predictor
59.6% – Green Bay Packers
40.1% – Detroit Lions
0.3% – Tie
December 3, 2015
Green Bay PACKERS
Team record: 7-4 SU,6-5 ATS
Green Bay is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Green Bay is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Green Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Team record: 4-7 SU,4-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Detroit is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games