How to Watch: Lions at Packers

Bill Huber

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers (1-0) will host the Detroit Lions (0-1) at noon today at Lambeau Field.

Here’s How to Watch

TV: Fox (Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard and field reporter Jennifer Hale).

DIRECTV subscribers: Channel 710.

Also

Sirius: 111 (Det), 81 (GB) | XM: 381 (Det), 226 (GB).

The Line: Packers by 6.0 (50 over/under) at Westgate SuperBook. The line was 5.5 and 47.5 earlier in the week.

Injury Report

While Green Bay will be without defensive tackle Kenny Clark, the Lions will be without four starters: receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman (injured reserve), and defensive lineman Nick Williams. Right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is questionable.

PACKERS

Out: DT Kenny Clark (groin), OLB Randy Ramsey (groin), G Lane Taylor (knee).

Questionable: DT Montravius Adams (toe), TE Josiah Deguara (shin/ankle), S Raven Greene (quad). G Lucas Patrick (shoulder), G/T Billy Turner (knee).

LIONS

Out: TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), G Joe Dahl (groin), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring), DT Nick Williams (shoulder).

Questionable: S C.J. Moore (safety), CB Darryl Roberts (calf), RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot).

Prediction

It's dangerous to make too much out of what happened in Week 1. What happens today will be a much better gauge of the power and potential of these teams. 

That being said, I wasn't surprised Aaron Rodgers demolished the Vikings last week. After a strong training camp, he dominated Minnesota's unproven corners. Well, Detroit will be without two of its top cornerbacks and lacks an elite pass rush to compensate. That alone makes this an easy pick.

Packers 34, Lions 24. (My record: 1-0)

Countdown to Kickoff Series

Last week at Minnesota, Packers receiver Davante Adams tied a franchise record with 14 receptions. It was one of the most prolific openers in NFL history. What might he do with a Detroit secondary down two of its top corners? Well, with a repeat, he’d make NFL history. 

That and much, much more in the "One Giant Preview" link below.

Five Keys to the Game

Four Pieces of Insight from Behind Enemy Lines

Three Reasons to Worry

Two X-Factors

One Giant Preview

Also worth reading: The jet sweep takes off and Krys Barnes' rollercoaster of a week.

The Quarterbacks

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 127.5 rating in Week 1. It was his 16th career game with 300-plus passing yards and four-plus touchdown passes, tied for fourth-most in NFL history. With 47,310 career passing yards, last week he surpassed Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for 12th-most in NFL history. Rodgers also reached 368 career passing touchdowns, moving past Eli Manning (366) for the seventh-most in NFL history. He has 41 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions for a 104.7 rating in 20 career starts vs. Detroit.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford passed for 297 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 77.2 passer rating in last week’s loss to Chicago. He passed for for 1,257 yards (314.3 per game) and seven touchdowns vs. one interception for a 99.2 rating in four road starts in 2019. He has at least two touchdown passes in nine of his past 10 starts vs. Green Bay and a 100-plus rating in four of his past five against Green Bay.

Did You Know?

Stafford has a chance to become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes thrown against the Packers. He is tied will Hall of Fame QB Johnny Unitas (34) for the most touchdown throws against the Packers. Stafford already is the all-time leader in passing yards against Green Bay (5,186). He surpassed the aforementioned Tarkenton (4,978) during last year’s Week 6 game.

Green Bay, which last week extended its Week 1 winning streak to a league-high six, has won seven straight home openers. Since 2007, the Packers are 12-1 in their first home game of the season.

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