What on earth went wrong with the Green Bay Packers Sunday? That’s the question most asked as Aaron Rodgers looked disinterested in playing.
The NFC North failed to win a game last week, but the Lions or Packers will secure the win to pull the division out of obscurity, even if it’s only Week 2.
|Game: Detroit Lions (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Location: Lambeau FieldDate: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
|Green Bay Packers||-10½||-500||u48|
The NFC North rivals have one of the most storied rivalries in the NFL. They have faced 183 times, with the Green Bay Packers holding a 104-72-7 record.
They met twice last season when the Lions had Matthew Stafford at the helm. The Packers went 2-0, including an emphatic 42-21 win in September before posting a 31-24 win in December.
Aaron Rodgers was in the middle of an MVP season, so Detroit did well to keep the most recent game close. Detroit hasn’t won since 2018 when scoring a 31-0 win to close the calendar year.
Next game: vs Baltimore Ravens
The 41-33 score line against the San Francisco Giants wasn’t as close as it looks. Detroit made a late run by scoring 16 points in the final quarter, but the game was well and truly out of reach.
Jared Goff had a satisfactory debut for the Lions; throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
No quit in this team. pic.twitter.com/81MTN81xpE
Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 13, 2021
Bettors who followed the Lions in Week One were happy with the result. They were +9½ underdogs, and it looked like they were dead and buried, but the late comeback completed the backdoor cover.
Both touchdowns in the final quarter were two-point conversions, which helped bridge the winning margin considerably.
The over 47 hits with ease, so those who bet on NFL totals didn’t have much stress with the game.
Levi Onwuzurike and Tyrell Williams could miss Week Two with respective hip and head injuries.
Onwuzurike believes he’s ready to go when talking to Sports Illustrated.
“Yeah, I’m back to normal. I mean, I was always good,” Onwuzurike told SI. “It was just more the Lions trying to take care of me. Make sure I got better, no matter what.”
Taylor Decker is likely to miss more time with a finger injury. He keeps the likes of Jeff Odukah and Tim Boyle on the sidelines.
Green Bay Packers
Next game: vs San Francisco 49ers
There are serious concerns with the Green Bay Packers, despite it only being Week Two.
They were completely shut down by the New Orleans Saints last week, scoring just three points in the 38-3 loss.
We’re not going to put the blame solely on Aaron Rodgers, as his offensive line protection was non-existent, but he looked disinterested from the opening kickoff. It adds fuel to the fire that Rodgers was reluctant to re-sign with the Packers, so he’ll need to prove the doubters wrong.
Aaron Rodgers looks like an undercover cop accused of planting evidence pic.twitter.com/IJI4sUMnrj
CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) September 13, 2021
Green Bay entered the game as 4½-point favorites. It lost the point spread by 39½ points, which is rare in the NFL.
NFL predictions expect the Packers to bounce back against the Lions, but confidence levels with bettors could take some time to heal.
Losing David Bakhtiari is a loss for the Packers. He is out with a knee injury, and he joins safety Will Redmond and Jace Sternberger on the sidelines.
Dennis Kelly, Vernon Scott, Darnell Savage and Josiah Deguara could potentially miss the Week Two clash.
Betting on the Game
Bettors get a double-figure points spread to digest, which seems to favor the Detroit Lions in this situation.
We know bettors have a hard time trusting the Lions to cover the spread, even when Matt Stafford was the starting quarterback, but we’re making a case for them.
Detroit didn’t look too bad in the loss to the 49ers; a couple of defensive lapses cost them. However, we’re not expecting the same defensive lapses against the Packers, who looked uninterested on offense.
Given the 35-point loss in Week One, we can’t wrap our head around the current spread. The sportsbook has Green Bay at -10½.
There is little doubt that the Packers will end up the better team in 2021, but they’re not there yet. Therefore, we think the Lions with the points is the logical play.
Jared Goff was pass happy last week, so if the Lions use the running game and establish the pass action better, they’re good enough to cause the Packers some concerns. They are definitely good enough to keep this to a one touchdown game.
Detroit +10½ is our recommended play for NFL picks against the spread bettors.
The Lions aren’t given much chance to roar against the Packers. They are the +400 underdogs to cause an upset, but this is the best chance Detroit gets to turn around its recent losing streak to the Packers.
Goff cops a lot of criticism, but we liked what we saw against the 49ers. He needs to play within himself better, but we can’t turn down the current moneyline odds for the visitors.
Conditions at Lambeau Field won’t worry them and we can’t put our hard earned money on the Packers at -500, given the pathetic effort we saw against the Saints.
Defense was the taking point in Week 1, but we expect the under 48 points to have a good chance of hitting.
Green Bay couldn’t stop the Saints and the Lions couldn’t stop the 49ers, but the offense also struggled to produce points.
Rodgers spends a lot of time at the line of scrimmage calling plays, so that takes time off the clock. Jared Goff is the opposite, but we can’t see either offense clicking into gear, so take the under.