The NFL kicks off Week 13 of the 2015 schedule with a huge NFC North matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. This is a rare Thursday Night Football game featuring two teams coming in on regular rest, as both played on Thanksgiving in Week 12.
The Lions are hosting the game as a three-point betting underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The moneyline has the Packers between -145 and -160, and the Lions between +125 and +140.
Detroit won the last matchup between these squads, winning at Lambeau Field for the first time since 1991 in Week 10. Green Bay is 6-3 straight up and against the spread in its last nine games in Detroit. However, the home team has done well in this series recently, winning and covering in five of the last six. The Pakers’s loss at home to the Lions in November is the lone loss.
The Packers enter the game at 7-4 straight and 6-5 against the spread. The line opened with Green Bay as a 5.5-point favorite, but it quickly dropped due a run of poor play. The Packers have lost four of their last five and failed to cover in five of their last six. They have, however gone 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games.
The right side of the Green Bay offensive line is injured heading into this game. Center Corey Linsley (ankle), right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) are all questionable. Bulaga is the only who did not practice this week.
The Lions come in at 4-7 straight up and against the spread, but have won and covered their last three games dating back to the win over the Packers. They are only 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, but are 7-3 straight up in their last ten NFC North matchups according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
Detroit has a handful of players listed as questionable, with a couple more questionable than others. Center Travis Swanson and defensive tackle Caraun Reid both practiced on Monday, but sat out Tuesday and Wednesday practices.
The point total opened at 47 and has settled at 46.5. The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven games between these two teams, and in five of the last six between them in Detroit. The total has gone UNDER in six of the Packers' last nine road games, but OVER in four of the Lions' last five home games.
The OddsShark Computer predicts an easy Lions outright win, by a final score of 29.8-16.7. That would provide for a PUSH on the total.