We saw horror. But they say they saw hope. We saw a carcass. But they say they saw re-birth.
Because there is no way that the Green Bay Packers back on Nov. 20, when they were tattooed 42-24 at Washington to drop their fourth straight game and fall to a 4-6 record were collectively full of hope and re-birth. No doubt, a handful of Packers might have believed that. All of them, for sure, wished that. But the best the Packers could do was play the final six regular-season games with renewed purpose and see what it brought them.
“Six losses puts your ass against the wall,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that night.
In their last three trips to Detroit, the Packers are just 1-2 SU and ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database. Green Bay was 6-1 SU and ATS in its previous seven road games against the Lions.
Betting Line / Total: Green Bay -3.5 / 49.5 Points
Trend: The Packers are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Lions.
Trend: The Lions are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games at home against teams with winning records.
Detroit shook off a 1-3 SU and ATS start to the regular season to go 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS over its next nine games, looking like a lock to win the NFC North as the Packers and Vikings were fading.
But back-to-back road losses have opened the door for Green Bay to not only win the division, but to potentially knock Detroit out of the postseason picture entirely depending on how the rest of Sunday’s action shakes out. The Lions are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games at home.
Sunday night’s total is set at 49.5 points. The UNDER is 6-1 in Green Bay’s last seven night games.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for these two teams as a win or a loss will likely be the difference between hosting a playoff game next week and missing the playoffs entirely. Recent history and Green Bay’s current form point to a Packers win, but the Lions have been tough at home this season and aren’t likely to go down without a fight.