The Green Bay Packers (12-3) travel to Michigan this weekend for an NFC North showdown against the Detroit Lions (3-11-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 29th at Ford Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Packers listed as 13-point road favorites. The spread has decreased by half a point after early betting, as Green Bay is currently available at -12.5. The total for this matchup is 43 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 17 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Lions vs Packers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have now won four straight games after beating Minnesota 23-10 on the road their last time out to improve to 12-3 on the season overall. Green Bay scored eight unanswered points in the third quarter and never looked back, completely shutting out the Vikings offense the entire second half. QB Aaron Rodgers went 26/40 for 216 passing yards but failed to find the end zone through the air. RB Aaron Jones was a beast on the ground, racking up 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Davante Adams also chipped in, making 13 catches for 116 receiving yards. As a whole, the Packers generated almost 400 total yards of offense and found the end zone two times in the victory.
Green Bay was very solid defensively against the Vikings, giving up under 200 total yards of offense and just a single touchdown. The Packers were especially strong defending against the run, allowing only 57 rushing yards on the ground.
The Lions couldn’t find a way to get past Denver on the road last weekend, losing 27-17 to drop to just 3-11-1 on the season overall. Detroit gave up 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter en route to a double-digit defeat. QB David Blough struggled with his accuracy, going just 12/24 for one touchdown through the air. Kenny Golladay led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Lions gained over 200 total yards but scored just a single touchdown in the loss.
Detroit didn’t have a great outing on the other side of the ball against the Broncos, surrendering nearly 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Lions had no answer for Denver RB Phillip Lindsay on the ground, as he racked up 109 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: OVER 43
I’m really not seeing a ton of value with either side against the spread in this NFC North clash, as Green Bay should find a way to win this game outright with relative ease but might rest some key starters down the stretch if they are up by more than two scores. Therefore, my favorite play from this matchup is the OVER on 43 total points in what could be a high-scoring battle on Sunday afternoon. The Packers offense could feast against a brutal Detroit defense that has now given up at least three touchdowns in three out of their last four outings.
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These two NFC North rivals have certainly been involved in their fair share of shootouts together in recent years, as the total has now gone OVER in seven out of their last ten meetings. The OVER has also come through in five out of the last six battles Green Bay and Detroit have had at Ford Field as well. Finally, the OVER has hit in seven out of Detroit’s last ten games overall. I’m going to avoid throwing darts against an efficient spread in favor of the OVER on 43 total points scored.